A Beautiful Invasive Weed – Epipactis Helleborine or Orchids Abound

They caught my attention

Popping up under pine trees in my front yard

Terrestrial orchid flower Epipactis Helleborine

Reminiscent of wild orchids I found as a child walking through hardwood forests of Northeast Pennsylvania

I thought I must be mistaken

Terrestrial orchid flower Epipactis Helleborine  2

Unfortunately I was correct

Terrestrial orchid flower Epipactis Helleborine  3

Unfortunately because these orchids are an introduced species brought to America as a medicinal plant which escaped those early gardens and now proliferate woodlands

Terrestrial orchid flower Epipactis Helleborine  4

Careful what you wish for I’ve read they could become a gardeners worst nightmare!

Check out this link to learn more:  Homeowners Battling a Weedy Orchid

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12 thoughts on “A Beautiful Invasive Weed – Epipactis Helleborine or Orchids Abound

  1. So that’s what it is. I’ve seen one or two in my garden. I like their leaves, though the flowers are too tiny to be admired, really. Now I know I shouldn’t like it at all. Thank you.

  2. Cynthia Reyes has mentioned that the flowers are tiny. If she had not done that, would not have known it, not from the photographs! Kudos on presenting such clear pictures. meander1’s Ying and Yang comment is beautiful!

  3. An invasive woodland orchid, hmm, I’m skeptical. I just found a handful of these growing in my driveway this year. They are really pretty little plants, I hope they are invasive because I’d like to have hundreds more. Someone please point me to a picture of this orchid being invasive – until then, I am just not buying it.

    1. Do you still think they are not invasive in 2017 after some experience with them? I can’t keep up with digging them out and the root structure is unbelievable. They are coming up everywhere! I’m worried about my other plants.

      1. I wrote this knowing it was an invasive. I am fortunate that mine grow in a dry area . I have seen them take over an area. Keep pulling them out! This year seems to be the year for weeds. Good luck.

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