Broad Leaved Helleborine
|Location||Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia.|
An introduced European orchid that thrives in a variety of habitats: most types of forests from young to mature and from deciduous to coniferous relatively open at ground level with little other vegetation nearby. Also found in wet-mesic soils of swamps and stream edges, gravelly roadsides, sheltered sandy beaches, old lawns, and gardens. Common in pine plantations.
|Flowering Season||Late July to August; rarely, into October.|
Height variable to 65 cm. Stem slender to sturdy, sometimes greyish-magenta towards the base.
One of our most common orchids, so abundant that people no longer record its presence. Great variation in stature and flower colour. Rhizomes may go dormant and reappear after a three year absence. Appearance of plants is strongly correlated with more open habitat and with amount of rainfall the previous August and September.
Orchids of Ontario
© Royal Botanical Gardens, Dr. Donald Gunn Image Collection.