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Tuesday, July 15, 2003


"Jumbo shrimp"..."recent history"...and now, "invasive orchid"? SInce late spring I have been watching these lily-like plants that sprouted up all over my yard, in between wood planks, in the lawn, and in plant pots. Finally they flowered, and I was surprised to discover that they are orchids, a species from Europe known as the helleborine (Epipactis helleborine). While already known in most Massachusetts counties, this species is not usually considered invasive, though I'd have to say that it certainly is persistent, and shows the ability to grow in places where other plants can't.

close-up of Epipactis helleborine flowerEpipactis helleborine in flower


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