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Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern marsh orchid

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Features

  • BloomsJuly
  • Height0.25m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourSpotted purple white
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Dactylorhiza purpurella (Northern marsh orchid). A terrestrial or prostrate orchid native to north-west Europe.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Orchid

Other common names

Orchid

Origin

N.W.Europe

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)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterMoist

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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