Dragon's mouth, Moss Nymph, Wild Pink
|Location||Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan.|
Arethusa bulbosa is a native of cool sphagnous bogs, usually found at the edges rather than the wettest parts of these bogs. It is frequently found along side rose pogonia and grass-pink but not seen as frequently as it flowers earlier and is susceptible to late frosts.
|Flowering Season||Flowers can appear in early June in the South through mid-July in the North.|
Up to 35 cm. tall with a single grass-like leaf which continues to develop after the flower has reached its peak. The solitary flower is magenta with yellow and white but can vary to as light as white in colour. The petals are erect at the base but the apex is arched forward over the lip. The lip is curved down, wavy on the margin mostly whitish with purple blotches and with a brush of whitish hairs on the floor.
Arethusa is named for a river nymph of classical Greek mythology. It is also interesting to note that nearly all orchid writers seem to wax poetic when describing this beautiful flower.
Orchids of Ontario
© Royal Botanical Gardens, Dr. Donald Gunn Image Collection.