Rose Pogonia


Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: Recommended
Native Range: Peat Bogs of Eastern and Central North America
Zones: 3-8 (2-10)

Rose Pogonia, Pogonia ophioglossoides, produces a single, rose colored flower at the top of a 1 leafed stem.  It is a simple charmer. The pink petals of the rose pogonia flower are lance-shaped and wide-spreading. The lip has dark pink with frilly edges, and a bright yellow beard. The blooms are 1+" (2cm) across and occasionally come in pairs or trios on the stem. It is a late spring bloomer.  Also known as the snakemouth orchid, the pogonia ophioglossoides plant is a bog plant that grows in open, acidic bogs with sphagnum moss. It does best in very wet conditions, and frequently grows a long stolon up from which multiple plants spring up. It is winter hardy, and should be protected from rodents during dormancy. Mulch with 4+" of pine needles in the Fall. Leave at least a 1" of needles after spring cleanup. The rhizomes can be stored in damp sphagnum at 35°F (2°C) in a refrigerator for 3 or 4 months. Water with rain/distilled water, they are sensitive to mineral buildup. It spreads nicely and grows well among sundews, venus flytraps, and pitcher plants. It is a bog jewel.

Our plants are not collected from the wild, and are propagated from root divisions of plants in our collection.
When possible Rose Pogonia is sent as dormant rhizomes. Rhizomes appear as thin black wired roots. Do not mistake them as dead during dormancy.

Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. In it's dormant season, it will be shipped as a dormant root/rhizome. Photographs are representative of species and not the specific plant for sale.

Height: 2" - 6"
Plant Type: Perennial, cold temperate
Soil: Bog Orchid Mix
Soil pH: 4-5
Light: Full to Partial Sun
Use: Grows best outdoors in the bog garden or pots

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
Rose begonias

Arrived quickly and a very nice healthy plant

Bill Gunter

Received my plants. I good health. Not showing any growth as of today.

Andrew Norris
Dormant, but ready bulbs

These orchids are simply delightful. They already quickly and are very delicate, with tropical orchid features. These mature, dormant, bulbs have active tips, just waking up and ready to bloom this season or next.

Charles S
Not sure about this one…

I planted two of these February 1st, and as of today (March 5), I’m not sure if they are growing. I gently dug into the pot last week and the roots still look alive, just nothing on top yet except a small bit of green in pic. (Temp is kept in the low 60’s daytime, and upper 50’s at night.)

Edgar Lowe
Rose Pogonia

I have never ordered one of these before and really did not know what to expect. There were a bunch of little roots in the moss but I didn't see any place where they all came together to form some sort of corm from which there was a plant sprout of any sort. So, I went ahead and planted it and whether it comes up and blooms this Spring/Summer will tell the tale as they say. I will just wait till Spring and let you know what happens.

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