Calopogon tuberosus albus
(White Grass Pink)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: White Grass Pink, White Tuberous Grass Pink, White Grasspink, White Grasspink Orchid, White Grass Pink Orchid, Common White Grass Pink, White Bearded Pink, White Swamp Pink, White Meadow Gift
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 10
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - August
    Status: Native

Calopogon tuberosus albus, or White Grass Pink, is an orchid native to the entire eastern US. It grows in wet meadows, bogs, fens and swamps, often in acidic or poor soil. It blooms in late spring to mid summer, with stunning pink flowers.

There are five species of Calopogon in the United States. But only two have a wider distribution in the Eastern US, Calopogon tuberosus , and Calopogon oklahomensis. The other three species are only found in the southeastern US. Calopogon oklahomensis is a rarer species and has a set of pink pseudo-stamens above its showy yellow pseudo stamens, while Calopogon tuberosus only has yellow in both places.

This is not an actual different species, but is a variant of the original species, a sort of "albino" that can occur anywhere that this plant occurs. More information and comparison photos will be posted at a later time, showing similar species.

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