Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bloom du jour

The hot pink flowers located at bottom right in this photo are Bletilla striata. It's an uncommon but locally hardy plant sometimes called Chinese Ground Orchid. Its most notable feature is the elegant little orchid flowers that bloom from May into June. This woodland edge plant (part sun/part shade) also has elegant wide foliage blades which are attractive through the growing season and take on a golden color in the fall.  Here, we have paired this plant with the large umbrella-like leaves of local native May Apple (Podophyllum peltatum).

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