The familiar rosettes of white-veined, blue-green foliage of this common Orchid are spread close to the ground, in dry and usually evergreen woods, where they occur in distinct patches, and are really more decorative than their flowers, which blossom during July and August. The short flower stalk is covered with thick, hairy down, and rises from the centre of the leaves some six to twenty inches. It bears several small, alternating, and clasping scale-like leaflets. The thick, pointed-oval, evergreen leaves are softly downy, the prominent ribs and veins are white, and the edges are wavy. The thick, fleshy root is creeping in habit. The small, pouched, greenish white flowers are crowded into a slender, terminal, clubbed spike, and are attended with short, pointed, curving leaflets or bracts. Two of the tiny sepals flare at the sides, and the third or upper one unites with the petals to form a hood. The lip curves into a little sac with a sharp tip. The leaves were formerly used by the Indians as an antidote for snake bites, and, according to Pursh, they were widely known as a certain cure for hydrophobia. This species ranges from Florida and Tennessee, north to Minnesota, Ontario, and Newfoundland.