Pogonia ophioglossoides alba
(White Rose Pogonia)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: White Rose Pogonia, White Snakemouth Orchid
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - July
    Status: Native

Pogonia ophioglossoides alba, or White Rose Pogonia, is native to most of the eastern United States, though it is noteably rare or absent from the middle-eastern US. It is a perennial orchid, which grows only in wet areas, like fens, bogs and the like, usually in sphagnum, but sometimes also in moist sand. It blooms in early to mid summer with beautiful pink flowers.

The plant is very distinct and is not easily confused with other orchids, or plants. It can easily be identified merely by its bloom.

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.

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