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 Calopogon tuberosus for sale 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 Grass Pink Orchid plant for sale.

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 21 reviews
Judith Lee
Grass pink orchid

Still dormant, but I'm seeing signs of life. It has grown a little node on top.

Very pleased

I got my young bulb in the beginning of the winter. Me being very new, did not expect it to be dormant (not complaining its a nice learning experience). Ive kept it in a pocket of moist sphagnum moss and now that spring is a bit closer i put it on my plant heat pad and it started to come out of dormancy. It may be tiny but it is doing very well and there is already a green chute coming up. I need to buy more 😁... scratch that, I will buy more!

Chris Montague
Hoping to see some growth soon!

When I ordered a young plant I didn’t quite expect just the bulb, but it’s potted and now I’m patiently waiting for it to push out some growth. I expect all should go well. Packaging was great too, some solid packing tape holding the little cup with the plant in it, I could barely peel the plant label off! Very secure just like the other plants I’ve ordered from here.

Linda Cubberley
Grass Pink Orchid is growing

The bulb just grew its first stem & I am very pleased with this little Grass Pink Orchid plant!

Elissa Steeves

Both orchids were in excellent condition, beefy plants and healthy

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