A Beautiful Weed
When I first spotted this Helleborine Orchid (Epipactis helleborine)in the garden I thought it was a type of Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum). The leaves look similar, to me anyway. Once it flowered, I realized it’s something I haven’t seen before. After a few searches I discovered that it’s a Helleborine orchid, a non-native and considered invasive in many states. The plant was introduced from Eurasia for medicinal and decorative purpose in 19th century. Another name for this orchid? A ‘Weedy’ orchid. I didn’t know orchids could be weedy.
Invasive or not I love it. This is the first year it grew in our garden. I have no idea where it came from but I’m glad that it decided to settle in our garden. I don’t even have to take care of it. It produces plenty of tiny little orchids on small stems. I didn’t get to smell the flowers so I can’t tell if they are fragrant, but there are ants on them so they probably have plenty of nectar.
It’s a beautiful gift from nature that I gratefully accept.