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Platanthera x bicolor {P. blephariglottis x P. ciliaris} [= Habenaria x bicolor]

Bicolor Bog Orchid

Scientific Name:

Platanthera x bicolor {P. blephariglottis x P. ciliaris} [= Habenaria x bicolor]

Genus:

Platanthera x bicolor

Species Epithet:

Platanthera x bicolor

Common Name:

Bicolor Bog Orchid

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Yellow

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:

July, August, September

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

“This hybrid is rather common in the Coastal Plain, and can sometimes be found by the hundreds where both parents are abundant.” Weakley 2007. Found in seepages, sandhill-pocosin ecotones/savannas, bogs, moist roadsides (habitats of the 2 parent species (Weakley 2015).

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

Notes:

Common Name derived from ITIS database.
Other databases list no common name.
Weakley (2015) notes: "Hybrids are frequent and are not keyed; they are generally intermediate in characters and are generally found in mixed populations of the two parents."

Blooming Plant

image

© David R. McAdoo

Blooms

image

David McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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