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Species Orchid, Robust Marsh Orchid, Stately Dactylorhiza

Dactylorhiza elata

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dactylorhiza (dak-ty-loh-RY-zuh) (Info)
Species: elata (el-AH-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Bulbs

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Oct 9, 2001, Baa wrote:

Terrestrial orchid from South West Europe.

Has broad, lanceolate, mid green, sometimes spotted purple leaves. Bears fat spikes of small, dark purple, darker purple marked flowers which are attractive to nectar seekers. The deep veining on the flowers act as bee guides.

Flowers April - June

Likes moist, well drained, humus rich, leafy soil in partial shade. This chap grows happily in a pot as its not fully hardy in a British wet winter but is fully frost hardy. Its also one of the earliest to flower, I suspect due to the winter cover it has here.

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