We are fortunate to have a few native orchids on the property. It is a delight to take a walk in the woods and see these orchids growing in their natural habitat.
Rattlesnake-plantain flowered this summer and all that is left are seed stalks. The rattlesnake-plantains are orchids with their white and dark green checkered leaves arranged in a basal rosette.
Rattlesnake-plantain flowered this summer leaving behind a seed stalk.
Rattlesnake-plantain leaves are easily noted for the white lines that criss-cross a dark green background.
Partridgeberry, Mitchella repens, is a creeping perennial on the oak forest floor. Partridgeberry produced twin flowers in July-August and now has red berries that should last through the winter. The rounded leaves are in pairs opposite one another. The leaf or berry tea was used historically for many female complaints, which earned partridgeberry the nickname Squaw Vine.