Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid (Platanthera leucophaea)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 2.5'
Leaves: Other: alternate along stem which they clasp, up to 10" long
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Miscellaneous: Endangered


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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 11, 2011 5:05 PM

20 plus flowers located along top of stem; each flower has a hood above and a lower lip w/ three fringed lobes.
A wildflower in Illinois (upper two-thirds of state) that is federally listed as threatened due to loss of habitat (prairie).
Habitat found in are moist to wet prairies.
Fragrant flowers are pollinated by night-flying hawk moths.

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