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Surprise Orchid

  • Surprise Orchid

I have just noticed this Orchid growing in one of my pots of Hemerocallis, can anyone ID it?

Comments (3)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Could be Southern Marsh-orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa). What a lovely surprise! Did you buy the pot of Hemerocallis? I mean, did the orchid come along with the plant, or has it just sprouted up?

  2. Grower

    Mark Sturgeon

    The Hemerocallis was purchased bareroot a few years back,this is the first time I have noticed the Orchid.

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    In that case it must be a "rogue" seedling: orchid seed is like dust, tiny and so fine that it can blow a surprising distance. I have a friend whose garden has been slowly colonised by Common Spotted Orchids (D. fuchsii) over the last 10-12 years, and two years ago a lone Marsh Orchid suddenly popped up, and we have no idea where it came from.

    So I guess you can just enjoy your exotic "weed"!

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