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Dactylorhiza foliosa

Orchid

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height0.4m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.15m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourPink bright purple
  • Leaf ColourBrown-purple spotted
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Dactylorhiza foliosa (Orchid). Grows only in the island of Madeira in swampy grasslands. There are 2 fleshy tubers and several fleshy roots. The 4 or 5 lanceolate, brown-purple spotted leaves are about 6cm long and 12mm wide without spots. The inflorescence is about 50cm tall with many densely packed, spotted, pink flowers each about 12mm across. Flowering occurs in spring and early summer.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Orchid

Origin

The island of Madeira

Interest and use

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • 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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