General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Fruit: Other: 3/4 to 1 inch, broad, elliptoid capsules containing numerous tiny seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Pale green to yellowish, becoming purplish towards the tips; white lip with magenta-purple speckles.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Various insects

Common names
  • Adam and Eve
  • Putty Root
  • Puttyroot Orchid
  • Adam-and-Eve-Root Orchid

Photo Gallery
Location: Mississippi
Date: 2016-04-22
Photo by SongofJoy
Location: Aplectrum hyemale (putty-root or Adam-and-Eve), over-wintering leaf
Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield

credit: Halpaugh

credit: Choess

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