Common Names: Showy orchis, showy orchid
Syn. Orchis spectabilis. An uncommon orchid species for Connecticut. Produces one or two oval, fleshy basal leaves from a rhizome, which persist throughout summer. Flower stalks arise on 10 to 15 cm stems with three to twelve flowers. The flowers are hooded and the namesake of the plant due to the showy, typically bicolored lavender and white flowers. The lavender hood is formed from three fused sepals. Two petals are tucked inside the hood and the labellum (third petal) is longer and white. Plants are slow-growing and form clumps over time via crown offshoots from the rhizome.
Can be found in mesic deciduous woodlands in the eastern United States. Blooms April to May.
Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Pink