Just discovered this new woodland beauty....

jocpinct(z4 MN)October 29, 2005

But I don't know what it is! I've taken to looking for ripe spotted wintergreen fruit in the woods near our house, but saw this today and the foliage is amazing. I have to admit I collected a few of the seed pods in hopes that I could get it to grow in my garden...

Thanks for your help in advance.


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It's Rattlesnake Plantain, Goodyera ???. It blooms late in dummer or fall. There are several varieties of this orchid, mostly differentiated by their leaves.
This site should help you find out which one, or use googes pics, or search by name. Nice litle guys. They should come up again next year.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2005 at 7:34PM
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jocpinct(z4 MN)


Thanks for the ID, you're exactly right. It's Downy Rattlesnake Plantain.

I didn't actually pull up the plants, but did get some seed. I'm off to research how difficult it is to grow from seed.

Thanks again.


    Bookmark   October 29, 2005 at 10:42PM
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I believe they propagate through root runners.
You may want to read some od the threads at this site

    Bookmark   October 30, 2005 at 7:25PM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

very cool picture

thanks for sharing

    Bookmark   November 3, 2005 at 10:12PM
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nankeen(z8b Portland OR)

Hi Jenny,
Goodyera seed is very easy to germinate in vitro. I've had success with Goodyera oblongifolia on Malmgrens medium with some potato added, bleaching the seed for about 30-40 minutes, I think. ~90% germination over a few months.

In situ, it would be very difficult. Your best bet is to mix the seed with a quarter cup of sugar and spread that around the plants that already exist in a 10 ft radius or so. In 2 years, you may see some tiny leaves popping up. (Never done this myself, but I am relying on info from Andy Huber at GROWISER in La Grande Oregon who grows Cypripedium montanum in this way)


Here is a link that might be useful: GROWISER

    Bookmark   November 4, 2005 at 12:29PM
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