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Dactylorhiza fuchsii - Marsh Orchid, Common Spotted Orchid

Regular price £14.95

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  • Approximate height: 40cm (15 inches) 
  • Recommended water levels: plant in moist or wet soil but not underwater
  • Flowering time: June
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Supplied in an 11cm (1 litre) pot

This stunning native species has slender green lance-shaped leaves with beautiful purple spots, followed by a large flower in summer which is pale-pink with lilac speckles. The flower starts off in a tapered and triangular shape as it begins to open, and then becomes more cylindrical as it opens fully. It spreads slowly by new plants forming off the central stem, and sets seed only rarely. In the wild the plant is found in damp woods and meadows, bogs and stream margins. Plant anywhere from a moist or boggy area to a standard flower bed, full sun or partial shade.

The plants we sell are flowering-size specimens, not the small seedlings you generally get when you buy orchids. You will receive one flowering-size plant.

This plant has unusual roots (please see the picture), from which its Latin name is derived. They are few and fleshy, rather than a fine web, and do not hold on to the soil. Therefore when you take the the plant out of the pot the soil may fall out - this is normal.

If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 2 Dactylorhiza fuchsii plants per square foot of ground, or 1 plant per linear foot of pond edge. Read more here on how to pot and care for your marsh plant.

Stock is limited, as demand for this plant always outstrips the rate at which they grow.