Wahkeena has twelve different species of Orchids that can bloom throughout the growing season. If you are only familiar with the grocery store type of orchids, well, you may be disappointed with the native ones. However, if you give them a chance and a closer look (literally) I think you might be surprised. Many of the orchids native to North America are quite small, hard to find, and in special habitats. Bogs and Fens are great places to find native orchids and so are Prairies. Unfortunately, all of those habitats are pretty rare in Ohio. But, it can make finding these elusive plants all the more exciting!
None of our orchids are exceptionally rare or anything, but because we can tell you exactly when they are blooming and make sure that you can actually find the plants, we’re a great place to get good photos or get started on a life list. Many of our orchids can be seen right from the trail.
A Special Note:
We have found over the years that when humans touch wildflowers the chances of a deer eating them increases greatly. So, please do not touch the orchids! We want them to be there for all the visitors who wish to see them.
Orchids found at Wahkeena Nature Preserve – listed in order of blooming
??? Hooker’s Orchid, Platanthera hookeri – on our list of plants but never seen by Tom.
Showy Orchis, Galearis spectabilis
Pink Lady’s Slipper, Cypripedium acaule
Whorled Pogonia, Isotria verticillata
Puttyroot, Aplectrum hyemale
Tway Blade Orchid, Liparis lilifolia – can also be late May
Ragged Fringed Orchid, Platenthera lacera
Adder’s Mouth Orchid, Malaxis unifolia
Club-spur Orchid, Platanthera clavellata
Cranefly Orchid, Tipularia discolor
Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Goodyera pubecens
Autumn Coral Root, Corallorhiza odontorhiza
Oval Ladies’ Tresses, Spiranthes ovalis