Grass Pink Orchid
Ease to Grow: Easy
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 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.