Showy Orchis (Galearis spectabilis) is an orchid native to the deciduous forests of eastern North America. Two basal leaves encircle the stem, and flowers are pink and white. Showy Orchis can start blooming in April, and flowers are pollinated by bumblebees.
The last sighting of Showy Orchis on the Sewanee Domain was in the 1960s in Dick Cove. As it was never sighted since then, the Sewanee Herbarium speculated on whether it had been extirpated from the Domain.
However, during an April 26 visit to Lost Cove, Dr. Evans and I discovered a healthy population of Showy Orchis in Lost Cove! We are glad to know this orchid is still present and flourishing on the Domain!