Grass pinks

For years, I’ve wanted to see wild orchids other than pink ladyslippers. Last weekend, Steve Gingold showed me a swamp in western Massachusetts with two beautiful orchid species. Here’s one of them, Grass Pink:

I’ll post a few more in the next few days…

7 thoughts on “Grass pinks

  1. Oh my! What a wonderful thing to see in the wild! I’d be tempted to dig up the plant and find it a new home in my garden (sshhhh, don’t tell anyone). šŸ˜‰

  2. Thanks, Tracy – I won’t tell anyone, but most wild orchids have such unusual habitat requirements that they don’t survive transplanting. Pink lady slippers have a symbiotic relationship with fungi, and die if the fungi aren’t present in the soil. The only wild northeast orchids that I know are cultivated are yellow lady slippers.

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