An exceptionally rare (and in fact federally threatened) species of forested wetlands. Produces a long flowering stalk in March-May, topped with an extremely showy and unusual bright pink flowerhead containing startling blue-tipped anthers. Leaves are glossy and somewhat orchid-like, forming a dense evergreen basal rosette. Requires consistently moist soil without flooding; well-adapted to swamp edges and consistently moist wetlands; generally seems to prefer soil with some organic material such as peat. A favorite of early spring hummingbirds. Major threats to this species include habitat loss and plant collection, so always be sure to buy nursery-grown plants. Was native to New York City before the area was drained and developed, now considered extirpated in NY state.
6 inches tall, flower stalk up to 3 feet tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-7b
Native Range: NJ south to GA. Federally threatened throughout its range. Considered extirpated in NY.
Germination - Easy: Wet pack- plant upon receipt. No treatment. Keep seed refrigerated. Plant in at least 20% peatmoss
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