Weedy Orchid (Epipactis helleborine)


I’ve seen a number of these around and near our hosta beds. They are in a dry, very shady location. I’ve tried various searches of native plants and hosta-like plants but can’t seem to find a reasonable match. Help please



Thank you for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners.

The plant growing in your garden is a Weedy orchid (Epipactis helleborine). This plant loves our rainy spring and we find it growing more than usual. Helleborine is a member of the orchid family (Orchidaceae), and was imported from Europe, where it is native.  The flower stock (raceme) in the background is going to seed.

Control of this plant is proving to be quite difficult. The plants can be removed by hand, but it is important to get all the roots because any pieces left in the soil can sprout new plants.

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