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.
Showy Orchis, Galearis spectabilis (Bloomed April 2017)
Pink Lady’s Slipper, Cypripedium acaule (Bloomed April 2017)
Whorled Pogonia, Isotria verticillata (Bloomed May 2017)
Puttyroot, Aplectrum hyemale (Bloomed May 2017)
Tway Blade Orchid, Liparis lilifolia – can also be late May (Bloomed May 2017)
Ragged Fringed Orchid, Platenthera lacera (No record for 2017)
Adder’s Mouth Orchid, Malaxis unifolia (Bloomed June 2017)
Club-spur Orchid, Platanthera clavellata (Bloomed July 2017)
Cranefly Orchid, Tipularia discolor (Bloomed July 2017)
Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Goodyera pubecens (Bloomed July 2017)
Autumn Coral Root, Corallorhiza odontorhiza (Bloomed August 2017)
Oval Ladies’ Tresses, Spiranthes ovalis