Epipactis palustris

Epipactis palustris

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Neottieae
SubTribe: Limodorinae
Genus: Epipactis
Species: Epcts. palustris
Binomial name
Epipactis palustris
(Linne) Crantz 1769

Epipactis palustris is a cool growing terrestrial orchid from the genus Epipactis.


The plant blooms from late spring to summer with up to twenty 1.5 cm wide flowers.


Plant is found in dunes and marshes with alkaline soils in Europe at elevations of 0 to 1600 meters


Plant prefers areas with moderate light and cool temperatures. Grow plants in a well drain mix of soil, perlite, and sand. Keep the medium constantly moist but not soaking wet and do not let it dry out.


Common Names: The Swamp Epipactis, The Marsh Helleborine


  1. Amesia palustris (L.) A.Nelson & J.F.Macbr 1913
  2. Arthrochilium palustre Beck 1890
  3. Calliphyllon palustre (L.) Bubani 1901
  4. Cephalanthera palustris Rich. ex Pritz. 1866
  5. Cymbidium palustre Sw. 1799
  6. Epipactis longifolia All. 1785
  7. Epipactis palustris f. ochroleuca Barla 1868
  8. Epipactis salina Schur 1866
  9. Helleborine latifolia Moench 1842
  10. Helleborine longifolia (L.) Moench 1794
  11. Helleborine longifolia (All.) Soó 1929
  12. Helleborine palustris (L.) Hill 1756
  13. Helleborine palustris (Linne) Crantz 1814
  14. Limodorum palustre (L.) Kuntze 1891
  15. *Serapias helleborine var. palustris L. 1753
  16. Serapias longiflora Asso 1779
  17. Serapias longifolia L. 1763
  18. Serapias palustris Mill. 1758


PDF iconMolecular data indicate multiple independent colonizations of former lignite mining areas in Eastern Germany by Epipactis palustris (Orchidaceae)

PDF iconSelfing potential in Epipactis palustris , E. helleborine and E. atrorubens (Orchidaceae)