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    
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