Platanthera bicolor
Bicolor bog orchid

Platanthera bicolor
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Botanical name: Platanthera bicolor
Common name: Bicolor bog orchid
Group: monocot
Family: Orchidaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 1 - 2 1/2'
Foliage: alternate, entire leaves
Flower: yellow; 3/4" long, not including the long spur; spru usually 1' long
Flowering time: late July-late August
Habitat: sandy, peaty bogs, dryish swales and slopes, usually acidic soil
Range in New Jersey: Middle and Cape May district, casually northward, and occasionally in the Pine Barrens
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. P. bicolor is a hybrid of P. blephariglottis and P. ciliaris.