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Galearis spectabilis

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Showy Orchis

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Showy orchis (Galearis spectabilis) is an elegant small orchid with helmet-shaped or hooded white and lavender to pink flowers. Blooms are displayed on a short stem 6-10” tall that arises from the middle of the two oval-shaped, fleshy basal leaves. Flowering in early May, the display can last for one month.Plants are slow growing, developing offsets over many years. Showy orchis thrives in humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to acidic soil. This diminutive garden gem dislikes disturbance and is best grown in low-competition sites. In the deciduous woodland garden, it makes a nice companion with spring ephemerals such as sharp-lobed liverleaf (Anemone acutiloba), rue-anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides), Virginia spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), large-flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), and two-leaf toothwort (Cardamine diphylla). Zones 4-7.

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    lavender, pink, white 
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  • Other Scientific Names

    Orchis spectabilis