About Dragon's Mouth
Dragon's Mouth Orchid is a perennial herbaceous wildflower in the orchid family that is native from Canada south to the Carolinas. It prefers boggy sites, swamps, wet meadows and especially sphagnum bogs. The plant is named for the fountain nymph Arethusa and the flower suggests an animal's open mouth. Transplanting this orchid from the wild is rarely successful and they are generally not sold commercially.
Also known as
Dragon's mouth, dragon's mouth orchid, Arethusa and Aret
How to care for Dragon's Mouth
How often to water your Dragon's Mouth
Dragon's Mouth needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Eugene, Oregon.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Dragon's Mouth in your home
Dragon's Mouth love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Eugene, Oregon ⛅.
Dragon's Mouth does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize Dragon's Mouth
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dragon's Mouth after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Dragon's Mouth is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!
Dragon's Mouth prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Dragon's Mouth requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.
If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.
Dragon's Mouth does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Dragon's Mouth grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Dragon's Mouth can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Care Summary for Dragon's Mouth
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Eugene, Oregon, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.