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Dactylorhiza maculata

Heath spotted orchid

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  • Dactylorhiza maculata | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
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Features

  • BloomsApril to August
  • Height0.2m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.15m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourPurple
  • Leaf ColourBrown purple spotted

Description

Dactylorhiza maculata (Heath spotted orchid). This European orchid grows to 60cm high and has lance-shaped leaves which may be plain green or spotted. Bears a dense spike of red white purple flowers from mid-spring to late summer.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Bulb, Orchid

Other common names

Orchid

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Found in grassland, heaths and moors.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • 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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