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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Liparis liliifolia

Large Twayblade, Lily-Leaved Twayblade, Purple Twayblade, Mauve Sleekwort, Brown Widelip Orchid, Russet-witch

Scientific Name:

Liparis liliifolia

Genus:

Liparis

Species Epithet:

liliifolia

Common Name:

Large Twayblade, Lily-Leaved Twayblade, Purple Twayblade, Mauve Sleekwort, Brown Widelip Orchid, Russet-witch

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Green, Blue, Purple, Brown

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist forests, floodplains (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in the Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Common in the NC mountains, uncommon in the piedmont, rare in the coastal plain.

Plants in Bud and Bloom

image

Formerly in Tom Harville's garden -
unfortunately they have since been eaten by voles. :-(
© Tom Harville

Closeup of Blooms

image

© David R. McAdoo

Bulb

image

Tom Harville

Emerging Plants

image

Tom Harville

Blooms

image

David McAdoo

Seed Pod

image

Tom Harville

Close-up of flower with its broad, translucent lip, that is a pale purple in color. The flowers easily blend into the background.

Garden on Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Southeasternflora



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