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Dactylorhiza elata

Orchid

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Features

  • BloomsMay
  • Height0.4m to 0.75m
  • Spread0.05m to 0.1m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourDeep purple pink
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Dactylorhiza elata (Orchid). A robust terrestrial species from southwestern Europe, Sicily and North Africa. There are 8 to 14 unspotted, lanceolate leaves. The inflorescence is from 30cm to over 1m tall with numerous deep purple flowers about 25mm across, densely packed. Flowers in spring and early summer. Re-pot in autumn after flowering and before the new leaves appear.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Orchid

Other common names

Robust marsh orchid

Origin

S.W. Europe, Sicily and North Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C) or Hardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Well drained, Sandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Except in mild areas, orchids are best grown in pots and kept in greenhouses during cold weather and winter.

Propagation

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

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