Liparis lilifolia (L.) A.Rich. ex Lindl.

Brown Widelip Orchid, Purple Twayblade

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Liparia

Category: Bulb

Size: To 12" tall

Exposure: Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Small plant with purple to brown flowers in spring on a terminal raceme to 3" long, up to 30 flowers on each. Papery sheathing around the bulb. Basal foliage, 2 or 3 leaves per plant, shiny, elliptical. Likes moist, well-drained soil.


Published in Bot. Reg. 11: 882 in 1825.

Basionym Ophrys lilifolia L.

Native to the eastern and central US and Ontario, Canada.


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