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Downy Rattlesnake Plantain

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Downy Rattlesnake Plantain - Goodyera Pubescens

Plant the Downy Rattlesnake Plantain In Your Garden
Want a beautiful and unique ground-covering plant to showcase in your woodland garden? The Downy Rattlesnake Plantain is the perfect choice. This evergreen is a member of the orchid family and was recognized as Wildflower of the Year in 2016. It takes its name from its broad and rounded leaves that are similar to the common lawn weed known as plantain.

A special feature characterizing this plant are the very fine downy hairs that cover every inch of the plant, especially its bloom spike that produces delicate white flowers in July and August. This plant is considered one of the most common species of orchid native to the eastern region of the United States. It's naturally found in the wild in the acidic and sandy soils of coniferous and deciduous forests, so it's the perfect ground cover for the woody shaded areas of your garden.

Goodyera Pubescens thrives nicely in dappled sunlight conditions and grows best in acidic soil that has been fortified with organic matter and a layer of mulch to ensure that the plant gets enough moisture. Because wild collection of this plant is ill advised, it's best to secure these Downy Rattlesnake Plantains for your own home garden from our nursery, where they have been grown under ideal growing conditions to be strong and healthy. We are also happy to answer your questions and help you determine the proper placement and growing conditions of this beautiful orchid variety for your own woodland garden.

 Downy Rattlesnake plantain is an orchid that is very common in the United States.

Its evergreen leaves have distinct white or pale streaks making them easy to distinguish. This unique plant is a treasure for avid gardeners across the country. The Rattlesnake Orchid likes partially shaded areas with moist, well drained soil. USDA Zones 4-10


This plant ships bareroot but it is a full plant at time of shipment. Not a bulb. 

  • USDA Zones 4-10
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Growing Zones:
  • Color: Green, White
  • Season: All Year
  • Height: 2-4 inches
  • Exposure: Partial Shade
  • Ships As: Root/Rhizome
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Customer Reviews
5.0 Based on 9 reviews
  • 5
    Downy Rattlesnake Plantain

    May 05, 2023 Reviewer: Janet Alden

    Arrived in a timely manner. Plants arrived in good condition. Planted them as soon as I received them. Thank you

  • 5
    Great looking plant

    Apr 13, 2023 Reviewer: D. Bruemmer

    Plants arrived in good shape, with the leaves still quite fresh despite shipping and bare roots. We planted promptly, and are looking forward to seeing them fill in. Purchased for a public garden, I anticipate those amazing leaves prompting many inquiries and much admiration.

  • 5
    Downy Rattlesnake Plantain

    Mar 29, 2023 Reviewer: Lisa Voltolina

    Received plant in excellent health. Potted the plant at this time until the ground warms up here in Illinois. The colors are gorgeous. Looking forward to having these in my yard.

  • 5
    Downey Rattlesnake Plantain

    Mar 20, 2023 Reviewer: Downey Rattlesnake Plantain

    My shipment arrived in a timely manner. The plants looked great.

  • 5
    Downy Rattlesnake Plantain

    Mar 17, 2023 Reviewer: Downy Rattlesnake Plantain

    Plants came in packaged and alive, was great!