The small purple fringed orchid is a tall (30-80 cm), slender plant bearing a
raceme of purple flowers. Leaves are elliptic
or oval. The lip of the flower is in 3 parts, fringed, and about as long as wide. The spur is club shaped and slender.
The flower tips fade giving a two-toned appearance. These orchids grow in a variety of habitats and wet areas.
In Nova Scotia it flowers "around the first of August and continues to mid-month".1 Native to eastern North America south to Georgia; in Canada, from
Manitoba to Newfoundland.
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|July 25, 2005. Digby County: Brier Island. Photographer: Ocotillo.|
These plants were growing in a previously burned over field.
|August 2, 2007. Halifax County: Hartland Point. Photographer: Heather Drope.|
Uncommon white form.