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Anacamptis pyramidalis

Pyramidal orchid

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Features

  • BloomsApril to July
  • Height0.2m to 0.75m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourPurplish pink
  • Leaf ColourLight green

Description

Anacamptis pyramidalis (Pyramidal orchid). This is a tuberous perennial with a densely packed conical to egg-shaped spike of small, 5-lobed flowers in bright mauve or very rarely, pure white. The foliage is basal and linear to lance-shaped, with parallel veins.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Tuber, Fragrant

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Chalky
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

These plants will like freely

Propagation

By seed, in sterile laboratory conditions, with the correct mycorrhizal fungus. It is possibly not a job for the amateur, and is being done at Kew. Make sure the plant you attempt to propagate from is from a reputable nursery, as lifting plants from the wild is not only illegal, but doesn't work because of the symbiotic relationship the plants have with the specific fungus.

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