Calopogon tuberosus (Grass pink orchid)
(L.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenberg
Bloom Time: June-July
Bloom Color: Varying shades of pink, white variation (var. albiflorus)
Labellum (lower petal) has green/yellow/white interior and is fringed
Plant Height: 25-115 cm
Multiple flowers per stem
Unlike most other orchids, the lip is located at the top of the flower, rather than the bottom.
There is one leaf, long and narrow, with smooth edges. Usually located near the bottom of the stem.
Calopogon tuberosus loves wetlands!
During early summer you can find Calopogon tuberosus in bogs, swamps, edges of wetlands, wet meadows, fens, and even disturbed habitats. Look for things like cotton sedge, sundew, leatherleaf, or cranberries, which all can be found in similar habitats.
Oftentimes you will see Rose pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides) or even Arethusa bulbosa (dragon’s mouth orchid) growing alongside them.
You can find Calopogon tuberosus in all of the New England states. It is ranked S3 in Vermont and Rhode Island, and is stable in the other states.
Wild Orchids of the Northeast, Paul Martin Brown
Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Lawrence Newcomb