Written by Don Richardson 
Swamp Twinflower (Dyschoriste Humistrata)
Plant Type
Perennial Groundcover
8-20” tall, spreads
Sun Exposure
Part sun - mostly shade
Soil Type
Soil pH
Acidic - Neutral
Bloom Time
Spring - Fall
Hardiness Zones
8a-10a   Florida Native
High - moist, can sit in water
15°F – 
Edible Plant
Medicinal Plant
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Have you ever heard of the Dyschoriste Humistrata, or swamp twinflower? This beautiful and complex plant is native to North America and grows in wetland environments. In this blog post, we will explore the unique characteristics of the swamp twinflower and explain why it has been a source of fascination for botanists and nature enthusiasts alike.
The swamp twinflower is an herbaceous perennial and typically grows between 8-20 inches tall. The leaves are lanceolate in shape with serrated edges. The flowers have two petals that are fused together at the base, giving them a 'twin' appearance. The flowers range in color from white to pinkish-purple and bloom during the summer months (June through September).
Habitat & Ecology 
Swamp twinflowers prefer wet habitats such as marshes, bogs, streambanks, and riverbanks. They can be found throughout most of the eastern United States and Canada, although they are less common in areas with dryer climates. As a plant that prefers wet environments, it is particularly well adapted for cold climates since it does not need much soil moisture to survive.
The swamp twinflower plays an important role in its environment as a food source for pollinators like bees and butterflies. It also helps stabilize soils near rivers or streams by providing organic material that prevents erosion from fast-moving water. Additionally, its deep root system helps improve water quality by keeping sediment out of waterways while providing oxygenation to aquatic organisms living there.
 The Dyschoriste humistrata is an amazing plant that can be found in wetlands across North America. Its fascinating appearance combined with its ecological importance make it a popular subject among botanists and nature lovers alike. If you’re looking for something interesting to observe on your next outdoor adventure, be sure to keep an eye out for this amazing species!


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