Orchids in Southeast Alaska

From the capital of our 49th state, Juneau Empire has a guide to Orchids in Southeast Alaska. With more than two dozen native species, Alaska offers a great reminder that orchids can appear in unexpected places. Many Alaskan varieties are known by their colorful common names, like Frog Orchid, Bog Orchid, Adder’s Tongue, and Rattlesnake Plantain. The Calypso, or Fairyslipper, and the Mountain Lady Slipper are as stunning as any of their exotic tropical cousins. Species with smaller flowers, like Coral Root Orchids, Ladies Tresses, and Twayblades, have plenty of their own charms. Be sure to click through the article’s photo gallery to see Southeast Alaska’s floral best.

No matter where you live, if you find orchids in the wild, enjoy them in their natural state. It’s important never to pick wild orchid flowers or dig up plants. Native orchid species are endangered, and protected by laws and treaties.

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One Comment on “Orchids in Southeast Alaska”

  1. Regina LIn Says:

    Thanks for the informative site. I didn’t know orchids lived in Alaska!!