Hello everyone, here we are with today’s wildflower, the “checkered rattlesnake plantain”. There are several of these rattlesnake plantains and we have at least 2 in our area. It is an odd name for this flower since it is not related to plantains at all. It is actually an orchid, one of many wild orchids that we have. The flowers are small and on a single stem which can grow up to 16 inches (about 40cm) tall, though normally in our area they are shorter. They prefer a mature forest and acidic soil. They normally grow in shaded or lightly shaded areas. This wildflower is native from Manitoba to the the east coast here in Canada and in the northern and northeastern US from Minnesota to Maine. Members of the rattlesnake plantains can also be found in Europe and Russia. Their basal leaves are evergreen and have a nice checkered pattern. They are kind of an odd but interesting wildflower and orchid.
Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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