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Ophrys sphegodes

Early spider orchid

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Features

  • BloomsMay to July
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourBrownish green
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Ophrys sphegodes (Early spider orchid). A terrestrial ornamental perennial with ovate leaves and racemes of yellow green brown in mid spring. Native to Europe.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Orchid

Other common names

Orchid

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0 to 5.0
  • WaterMoist

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

Propagate by seeds which should be sown in sterile flasks or tissue culture are the best options.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and snails.

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