Small Whorled Pogonia
Common Name: Small Whorled Pogonia
Scientific Name: Isotria medeoloides
Origin: Eastern United States
Bloom time: April - May
The small whorled pogonia (Isotria medeoloides) is a diminutive orchid species that is federally listed as ‘threatened’. It is sparsely distributed throughout eastern North America, from north Georgia up to Maine. The Garden’s most recent surveys in Georgia confirm just 10 extant populations, which occur mostly in mixed deciduous and evergreen forests of the southern Appalachians.
In 2011, the Garden was contracted by the United States Forest Service to conduct ecological studies to provide management recommendations for small whorled pogonia. Research staff have since visited wild populations every spring to monitor plant numbers and overall health. The Garden continues to help USFS secure the future of this species, by providing data-driven habitat management recommendations in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.