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Ophrys speculum

Orchid

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Features

  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Ophrys speculum (Orchid). A terrestrial orchid with oblong to lance-shaped leaves. In late spring produces racemes of green flowers with dark brown stripes and a blackish brown and blue lip.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Orchid

Origin

Europe, Mediterranean, Africa & Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilHumus-rich, Gritty
  • Soil pH7.0 to 5.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are very difficult to cultivate, you will need to grow in leafy, moist, gritty, well-drained soil in partial-shade. You should try and propagate by seeds which should be sown in sterile flasks or tissue culture are the best options.

Propagation

Division of tubers where possible, or orchids with pseudobulbs may have older leafless ones removed and repotted.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and snails.

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