Buffalo Creek The Buffalo Creek Outdoor Education Facility located next to the Carrollton Ag Center in Carrollton, GA. It is comprised of approximately 40 acres.
Demonstration Bed The Native Plant Demonstration Bed is located in the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, at the back entrance to Buffalo Creek Outdoor Education Facility, past the Carrollton Ag Center, in Carrollton, GA.
Little Tallapoosa Park Prior to the park's development, we moved plants from areas that would be developed, to areas that would be left natural. This project is completed.
Goodyera pubescens
    ( Goodyera        pubescens )
Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, taken on August 12, 2013.
Photo Credit: Mike Strickland

Many people are surprised to learn that there are a number of native orchids found in Georgia. One of the most easily recognized is the Goodyera pubescent, or Downy Rattlesnake Plantain. The Rattlesnake Plantain is found mostly in north Georgia and will form small colonies over time.

This small orchid is usually found in dry upland oak or pine woods, and, not surprisingly, likes a slightly acidic soil. It prefers medium shade to dappled shade. This perennial flower forms a ground-hugging rosette of dark green to blue-green leaves that have a very noticeable white primary vein along the midrib and numerous branching side veins. These veins are all connected by a series of smaller veins. The leaves are from one and a half to two and a half inches long and three fourths to one and a half inches across. From 20 to 50 small cylindrical flowers form along an erect stalk that can reach up to 14 inches tall. The Rattlesnake Plantain blooms in late summer. While its blooms are small, it is very easy to identify from its eye-catching leaves.

The small flowers are pollinated by bees, including bumblebees and green metallic bees.

Common uses for this plant include: woodland gardens, shady native flower gardens

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