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Pogonia ophioglossoides (L.) Ker Gawl.
Beard flower, Rose pogonia orchid, Snake-mouth orchid, Snakemouth orchid
Synonym(s): Pogonia ophioglossoides var. brachypogon
USDA Symbol: POOP
The rose pogonia orchid usually has only 1 flower on an erect, slender stem. It is rose or pink-colored and, unlike most orchids, has a nice fragrance. The lower lip is densely bearded near the throat with white to yellow bristles. There is 1 leaf near the middle of the stem, 4 inches long or less and 1 1/4 inches wide.
This Orchid is found in places in the eastern United States, where soil conditions rather than temperature are the controlling factors.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
, WV Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution:
Ontario to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia; south on Coastal Plain to Florida; west to Texas; inland to Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, and Minnesota. Native Habitat:
Wet open woods, meadows, swamps, sphagnum bogs.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant 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 Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Picayune, MSMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2007-08-09
Research By: TWC Staff