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Growing native orchid in PNW

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Epipactus gigantea 'Serpentine Night'

Purple Leaved Stream Orchid

A hardy orchid with luscious rich purple leaves on purple stems, to about 1’ or more, and racemes of small but perfectly formed mustard yellow flowers with red markings. Very growable in light shade to sun in a moist rich soil that does not stay completely soggy, where it will form a small colony. This exceptional form was selected in the wild, in northern California, by plantsman Roger Raiche.

Anyone else growing this one or other stream Orchid. This one is native to the PNW.

The big question is do slug or snail like this Orchid?

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I'd suggest playing it safe and applying bait. Flowers are probably most at risk.

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Very nice. I grow Pleione hookeriana here in SoCal. It's not as nice as yours but it will act like other bulb flowers by losing all leaves and re-grow in the spring.

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these are native to san diego too. ive never seen them in the wild but there suposed to pop up right around this time. i should go see if i can find some to take pics of. i think there also called giant helleborine. very cool!

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