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Goodyera pubescens
Common Name: Downy Rattlesnake Plantain Family: Orchidaceae (The Orchid Family)

Goodyera pubescens is a terrestrial orchid that spreads into mats of evergreen, ornately-variegated leaves in shades of dark green or mid green with white, reticulated veins. In late summer it produces small, white orchid flowers on a vertical stem 6-10 inches tall. This is the eastern North American counterpart to the West's G. oblongifolia growing from Nova Scotia to Ontario and south through most of the eastern US. Goodyera spread in the loose upper layer of soil and organic debris on forest floors so use a light, loose soil medium with chunky organic matter.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Americas - North America

Native Habitat:
Woodlands, north-facing wooded slopes, bluffs, ravines, glades, and disturbed woodlands, often on acidic soils.

ClassEvergreen Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream
TypePerennial Secondary Bloom Colour
Height8-12" Bloom Time
Spread12-24" FragranceNo
Light ExposureShade Part Shade Part Sun Foliage ColourVariegated - Cream/White
Soil MoistureAverage Moist Stem Colour
Hardiness4-10 BerriesNo
BC NativeNo

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