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Goodyera pubescens

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain

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Blue-green evergreen leaves and spires of white flowers on this native orchid make it a unique addition to your garden.

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This evergreen orchid offers interest in all four seasons. Downy Rattlesnake Plantain have evergreen blue-green leaves, each with a white stripe down the center and white vein pattern throughout. The leaves grow in a whorl reaching less than 6 inches off the ground. A single stalk rises from the center of the leafy rosette carrying numerous tiny, white, evenly spaced, hairy flowers. Colonies form loose mats on the forest floor. Easily grown in well-drained organically-rich, moist to dry soil. Downy Rattlesnake Plantain tolerates drought. Characteristic of orchids, the roots have a realtionship with the mycorrhizal fungi in the soil and do not transplant well. Its native habitat includes woodlands. Purchase Downy Rattlesnake Plantain from a reputable speciality nursery and plant in your yard under a canopy of trees or along a shady woodland edge. Wildlife Value: Flowers are pollinated by bumble bees and other native bees. 

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Groundcover

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Summer, Late Summer to Fall

Bloom Colors: White

Deer Resistance: Unknown

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Sandy

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Partial Shade

Light Range: Partial Shade, Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Drought Tolerance: High

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 1 - 2 ft

Spread: .75 - 1 ft

Growth Rate: Medium