Native Region: North America; Northern British Isles
Zone Range: 5-9
Preferred Climate: Full to semi sun; well draining open sites.
Harvest Date: Monday 19 September, 2011
Seed count: 200-250
From this highly successful genus, this little orchid makes its appearance mid July to late August. Sweetly fragrant white flowers are arranged in three rows along the spiral stem. Prefers humus rich soil and open spaces sometimes in full sun and in the right spot, can spread into fairly large colonies. In dryish windy sites, blossoms tend to dry at the tips. Loved by bumblebees. Perhaps one of the easiest orchids to grow from seed, so if you wish to learn, this species is your training wheels. Can reach 30 cm in height.
Extremely tiny seed. Will be shipped in a vial. Decant with a fine artists brush...never cotton swabs (seed tend to adhere). An easy, interesting method using humus tea, cardboard and a clear plastic container can be found at: http://www.agc-bc.ca/bulletin/AGCofBC-winter2006.pdf