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Vick, Albert F. W.
Arethusa bulbosa L.
Dragon's mouth, Swamp Pink
USDA Symbol: ARBU
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A smooth stalk bearing 1-3 long, tubular, sheathing, nearly bladeless leaves and topped by 1 bright pink, fragrant flower.
Named for the fountain nymph Arethusa, the flower suggests an animals open mouth. Its unusual lip petal serves as a platform for insects, especially bumblebees, that enter the flower for nectar and pick up the powdery pollen masses as they leave. (Niering)
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
CT , DC , DE , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , VA , VT , WI Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution:
Saskatchewan east to Newfoundland, south to South Carolina, and north and northwest to Ohio, Illinois, and Minnesota. Native Habitat:
Bogs, swamps, and wet meadows. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsSoil Moisture: Wet
BenefitUse Wildlife: Bees
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
American Native Nursery
- Quakertown, PA
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Johnstown, PA
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff