Wild orchid (Epipactis palustris) in natural dune habitat

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Wild orchid (Epipactis palustris) in natural dune habitat

By Mary Ellen Ellis What are Epipactis orchids? Epipactis helleborine, often known as just helleborine, is a wild orchid that is not native to North America, but which has taken root here. They can grow in a variety of conditions and settings and are aggressive and weedy in some areas. You can grow them in your garden, but be aware that helleborine plants have a tendency to take over. Helleborine Plant Information Helleborine is a type of terrestrial orchid that is native to Europe. When it arrived in North America in the 1800s, it thrived, and now it grows wild all over the eastern and central U.S. and Canada, as well as in some places in the west. Hellborine will grow in yards, gardens, along roads, in cracks in the sidewalk, in forests, along rivers, and in swamps. The root system of helleborine is large and fibrous, and the bundle

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