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Vick, Albert F. W.
Arethusa bulbosa L.
Dragon's mouth, Swamp Pink
USDA Symbol: ARBU
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
, 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.
Growing ConditionsSoil Moisture: Wet
BenefitUse Wildlife: Bees
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
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
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff