Bog Garden

sarracenea and drocera
Spiranthes cernua
Sarracenea purpurea
bog garden and benches
Sarracenia flava

This garden, established in the summer of 2011, was hand-dug by an all-woman crew (Wellesley College interns, faculty and staff) on a piece of ground that is a natural wet spot near Paramecium Pond.

The plants are in a mixture of native soil, peat and sand that has been laid in a perforated pond liner so that the soil retains water and drains slowly. During dry periods, the bog is watered so that it remains moist. Screens cover the Calopogon orchids to prevent rodents from digging them up and eating them. Other species in the garden include cranberry, sheep laurel, Labrador tea, nodding ladies tresses, yellow pitcher plants and purple pitcher plants. All of these native plants are well adapted to the wet, nutrient-poor conditions of a bog.

Bog Garden Plant Species, Summer 2011

Blechnaceae, Woodwardia virginica (Virginia chain fern)
Clusiaceae, Triadenum sp. (St. Johnswort)
Cyperaceae, Eriophorum sp. (cottongrass)
Cyperaceae, Rhynchospora alba (white beaksedge)
Droseraceae, Drosera intermedia (spoonleaf sundew)
Droseraceae, Drosera rotundifolia (roundleaf sundew)
Ericaceae, Kalmia angustifolia (sheep laurel)
Ericaceae, Kalmia polifolia (bog laurel)
Ericaceae, Ledum groenlandicum (Labrador tea)
Ericaceae, Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry)
Lentibulariaceae, Utricularia cornuta (horned bladderwort)
Orchidaceae, Calopogon tuberosus (grass-pink)
Orchidaceae, Pogonia ophioglossoides (rose pogonia)
Orchidaceae, Spiranthes cernua (nodding ladies' tresses)
Sarraceniaceae, Sarracenia flava (yellow pitcher plant)
Sarraceniaceae, Sarracenia purpurea (purple pitcher plant)
Xyridaceae, Xyris sp. (yellow-eyed grass)

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