It is always a thrill to find a wild orchid, but to find a field of them is truly exciting.
Above is a Large Purple Fringed Orchis (Platanthera grandiflora).
The Field Guide, "Wild Orchids of the Northeastern United States," by Paul Martin Brown describes them... "widespread throughout the nine-state region, this tall (up to 1m), stately orchid is a summer feature, especially in northern New England. It usually occurs in small numbers, often as a single plant, but every once in a while a large stand of more than 100 plants in found."
Here in Harrington, Maine (a small coastal village along the scenic Bold Coast byway of Rt 1) has a park with over 200 in bloom!!!
The park also has a walking track and, as part of the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium (2014), a large mounted sculpture.
"Time and Tides" by Maine sculptor
If you want to see more of Maine's sculptures, here's a map.
The Northeastern US is blessed with many wild orchids. Want to find more?
Available on Amazon.com You can get a used copy for 1 cent!!!
Come along "Downeast" and see our beautiful orchids! You will love them and take the time to look around Harrington....it's a great little village!