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Grass Pink
Calopogon tuberosus
(formerly Calopogon pulchellus)

Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus) Other common names: Calopogon

Other scientific names: Calopogon pulchellus, Cymbidium pulchellum, Limodorum tuberosum

French names: Calopogon

Family: Orchid Family (Orchidaceae)

Group: Orchids

Flowers: Summer;  White, Red/Pink, Blue/Violet;  Irregular flowers

Habitat: Wet Areas;  Wet boggy areas.

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 20    Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 214    ROM Field Guide to Wildflowers of Ontario: 85   

Native/Non-native: Native

Status: Common.

Notes: These can be very hard to spot in the surrounding grasses/sedges.

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: tuberosus: tuberous

Photographs: 462 photographs available, of which 11 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus) flower

Grass Pink has a spectacular wide open flower. Very much like a classic orchid.

Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus) flower and Skipper butterfly

A Skipper butterfly on a Grass Pink.

Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus) flowers

Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus) flower

Frontal view of a flower.

Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus) seed pods

Seed pods forming in mid July.

Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus) white flower

Sometimes the flowers are white.

Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus) flower opening

Flower just opening.

Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus) flower

Flower mostly open.

Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus) sprout

Sprout in late May.

Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus) leaf


Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus) habitat

Typical Grass Pink habitat. This also shows just how small these plants are - you can just barely pick out the blue flowers.

Range map for Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)