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Platanthera psycodes [= Habenaria psychodes var. psychodes]

Small Purple Fringed Orchid, Butterfly Orchid, Lesser Purple Fringed orchid

Scientific Name:

Platanthera psycodes [= Habenaria psychodes var. psychodes]

Genus:

Platanthera

Species Epithet:

psycodes

Common Name:

Small Purple Fringed Orchid, Butterfly Orchid, Lesser Purple Fringed orchid

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

“Northern hardwood forersts, other moist forests, seepages, bogs” (Weakley 2015). Uncommon in NC Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Blooms

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© David R. McAdoo

Blooms

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David McAdoo

Bloom Close up

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David McAdoo

Field of Blooms

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David McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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