Pogonia ophioglossoides

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Rose Pogonia, Snakemouth Orchid


Plant Specifics

Size:0.5 ft tall by 0.25 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pink
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Bog garden. This is a very site-specific plant that will grow well in seepage settings. Typically grown with other specialists such as pitcher plants.
Considerations:Will not do well in a general garden setting.
Propagation:Seed. Plants can be acquired from orchid specialty growers.
Availability:Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Pollinated by bees.

Native Habitats:Cutthroat seeps, dome swamp (edges), wet flatwoods (wet openings)

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

The range of this species includes much of eastern North America.  This orchid is found through much of Florida, especially north Florida.  

State Threatened.  Please acquire only from reputable sources.