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Wildflower: White Bog-orchid

White Bog-orchid (Platanthera dilatata) has small flowers that are not as showy as those of our native Fairyslipper Orchids (Calypso bulbosa), but they are quite beautiful in their own way.

The numerous flowers of  a bog-orchid plant grow along an erect stem that can be up to 25 in (70 cm) tall. The flowers are white but can be slightly greenish. They have a strong, pleasant fragrance.

Wet places such as bogs (surprise!), marshes, seeps, and stream banks provide habitat for White Bog-orchids throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Other common names for this plant include Scentcandle, Scentbottle, and White Rein-orchid.

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3 comments… add one

  • jill i September 14, 2011, 9:35 AM

    That is a BEAUTIFUL flower/photo. Don’t recall seeing this one, but maybe I’ve overlooked.

    • Ivan Phillipsen September 15, 2011, 9:10 AM

      Yes, these are really lovely plants. Keep your eyes– and nose– open for them!

  • Patricia Lichen September 26, 2011, 6:43 PM

    Gorgeous! (Likewise that moon photo in your previous post–yowza!)

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