Ease to Grow: Easy.
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 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 summer bloomer. It is a bog plant which grows in open, acid 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.
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.