Platanthera ciliaris (L.) Lindl.

Yellow-fringed Orchid, Orange-fringed Orchid

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Platanthera

Size: From 8 to 40" tall


Basal foliage, long stems with flowers on terminal racemes, orange with a fringed lower lip. Blooms in summer. Likes moist, acid soil.

From Bot. Repos. (Orchis ciliaris) It is a hardy herbaceous plant, thriving best in a shady border, and should be planted in a mixture of loam and peat earth. The propagation of this plant, like most of the genus, is difficult, the feeds being too small to be collected, and the root seldom producing more than one bud.


Published in Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. 292 in 1835.

Basionym Orchis ciliaris L.

Native to Canada and the US.

From Bot. Repos. (Orchis ciliaris) This handsome Orchis is a native of North America, and is found in all the states from Virginia as far north as Canada... but although of long known by name, it was not introduced to our gardens before the year 1796...

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