Rattlesnake Plantain

Goodyera oblongifolia
  • Hul’qumi’num Name:  kwul’heen
  • Description: Evergreen perennial herb, stems from 20 – 45cm tall, with exquisite dark green striped leaves. Delicate inflorescences of white flowers are borne on long stalks.
  • Habitat: Dry to moist coniferous forests.
  • Pair with: Sword fern, trailing blackberry, Douglas-fir, and western redcedar.
  • Fun Fact:  Early settlers believed this orchid could cure snake bites because of the unique snakeskin-like markings on the leaves. This turned out to be wrong. This delicate plant is not a plantain at all – it is actually an orchid!

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