- Approximate height: 40cm (15 inches)
- Recommended water levels: plant in moist or wet soil but not underwater
- Flowering time: June
- Flower colour: Pink
- Supplied bare root
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. It spreads slowly by new plants forming off the central stem, and sets seed only rarely. In the wild it is found in damp woods and meadows, bogs and stream margins. Plant anywhere from a moist or boggy area to a standard flower bed. The plants we sell are flowering-size specimens, not seedlings.
We supply these plants bare root because they won't grow in pots that are easy to send mail order (i.e. they won't grow in very peaty soil or in very small pots) and they are extremely light when bare root. If not planting your Dactylorhiza fuchsii in the ground, we recommend potting it up in a pot of 2 litres capacity, in any type of compost other than a very peaty one.
If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 4 Dactylorhiza fuchsii plants per square foot of ground, or 2 plants 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.