Now is the time to go orchid hunting!

Many orchids bloom in early August, so go to your nearest boggy area and search for them!

Yellow Fringed Orchid

Yellow Fringed Orchid (Platanthera ciliaris)

Three Birds Orchid

Three Birds Orchid (Triphora trianthophora)


In the last week, we have seen the following orchids flowering in and around Sewanee: Yellow Fringed Orchid (Platanthera ciliaris), Woodland Orchid (Platanthera clavellata), Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens), Ladies’ Tresses (Spiranthes sp), Three Birds Orchid (Triphora trianthophora) and Crane-fly orchid (Tipularia discolor).


If you see any orchids, feel free to snap some photos and post them here for identification!


If you are in Sewanee, keep an eye out for the White Fringeless orchid (Platanthera integrilabia), sometimes known as the Monkey Face Orchid. This state-endangered plant is hard to miss due to its small white flowers and long white spur at the bottom. If you see one in Sewanee, we would love to see a photo and location, so that we can add another record to the Sewanee Herbarium.

Please remember that picking flowers and digging plants are prohibited in Sewanee.


About Callie Oldfield

I was a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the Sewanee Herbarium from Winter 2015-Summer 2016. I am currently a PhD student studying Plant Biology at the University of Georgia.

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