Grass Pink Orchid


Grass Pink Orchid

Ease to Grow: Easy.
Dormancy: Recommended
Native Range: Peat Bogs of Eastern and Central North America.
Zones: 3-9 (2-10).

The Grass Pink, Calopogon tuberosa, is one of the showiest and most common of all our native orchids.  The bright pink blooms are 2" (4cm) across with multiple flowers (up to 10+) on each spike. The petals are brilliant magenta and the lip is tipped with bright yellow bristles that attract insects.  It is a summer bloomer, and flowers over a long period of time, several flowers at a time. Grass Pink is a bog plant which grows in open, acidic bogs with sphagnum moss, but is adaptable to drier, upland conditions, as long as the soil remains damp during flowering. It is winter hardy, and should be in well drained soil and 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 corms 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 with pitcher plants. It is an attention getter.

Curiously, flowers are upside down and have a moving lip, that can be tripped, and dab pollen on an insects.
Our plants are not collected from the wild, and are propagated from root divisions of plants in our collection.
For Grass Pinks size refers to age of plants. Young (1-2 years, bulbs between 1/8"-1/2"), Mature (3-4+ years, bulbs < 1/2"). Dormant bulb shipped when possible.

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

Height: 8" - 16".
Plant Type: Perennial, cold temperate.
Soil: Bog Orchid Mix.
Soil pH: 4-6.
Light: Full to Partial Sun.
Use: Grows best outdoors in the bog garden or pots.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Karin Brooks
Not impressed yet

Not one has shown signs of growth yet still waiting. Hopefully soon

Joseph Ackerman
Bog Growing

I purchased 2 Grass Pink Bog Orchids and there are 3 coming up. And they're growing like crazy. I'll be back for for!

Vivian Layton
Can’t wait!

My Grass Pinks tubers were very healthy! Can’t wait to watch the transformation!

Will Try Once

This was my first time buying from CPN and my first time buying Grass Pink Orchid. I was shocked at how small the plants were. They looked just like a grass seedling 2-3 inches tall. Packed very well. Arrived quickly and safely. Planted them right away. In a week now, they have all lived and grown. Am keeping my fingers crossed for their success. Thanks.

Grass Pink Orchid

I never knew there was such a thing as bog orchids. Mine arrived with a small shoot. It is now about 4" tall. It was well packaged and easy to plant. It is a great addition to my Sarracenias.

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