Our midwestern United States prairies are at their summer peak of bloom and color now. And one of the stars of the show the past few weeks has been the prairie white-fringed orchid. This exquisitely beautiful orchid grows in moist to wet meadows and prairies and prefers deep, undisturbed soil.
The prairie white-fringed orchid is globally rare, endangered in Wisconsin, and Federally threatened. Although pollination is usually by a species of hawk moth, humans (with a permit) can supplement the process by hand pollinating flowers. The species blooms in Wisconsin from early June through early August.
To learn more about the prairie white-fringed orchid chick here to view information from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.