Grass Pink

By William T. Hathaway

Grass Pink (Calopogon pulchellus)

The Grass Pink may be found in sphagnum moss (peat moss) and bogs within the coastal plain of Virginia and North Carolina. Occasionally it is found growing along the mossy edges of open-field mountain streams. March-August is its flowering time. A close look at its bearded upper floral lip gives one the impression that this orchid is upside-down, since most orchids have bearded lower lips.

Calopogon is the genus name which is derived from Greek, “beautiful beard.” Pulchellus is the specific name from Latin meaning “little beauty.” This is another fantastic flower from the Green Swamp area of coastal North Catrolina.