Color, pink or pale purple. Flowers, 1 to 7, on peduncles which spring from the small leaves, at first erect, then drooping. Lip, without spur, as in all of the pogonias, 3-lobed, raised on a claw, roughish on the surface. Leaves, several, ovate, pointed, alternate, sessile or clasping. July and August.

In this small orchid, 3 to 8 inches high, 3 or 4 upper leaves stand under bright flowers, which hang and nod on long, slender pedicels. Flower 1/2 inch long. Rare in New England. Range from Canada to North Carolina, westward to Alabama.