Botanical name: Dactylorhiza foliosa
Other names: Madeira orchid, Spotted orchid, Richly-leaved dactylorhiza, Dactylorhiza maderensis, Orchis maderensis
Species: D. foliosa - D. foliosa is a robust, deciduous, terrestrial orchid with fleshy, lance-shaped, mid-green leaves, sometimes spotted brown or purple, and dense, upright racemes of bright pink to bright purple flowers in late spring and early summer.
Dactylorhiza foliosa is: Deciduous
Flower: Purple, Bright-pink in Spring; Purple, Bright-pink in Summer
Foliage: Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer
Habit: Erect flower stem
Propagation methods: Division. REGISTER to read more...
Dactylorhiza foliosa (Madeira orchid) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.15m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses: Beds and borders, City, Containers, Greenhouse
Cultivation: Grows best in humus-rich, moist but well-drained, acidic soil in partial shade. Will tolerate full sun if soil is kept moist. Divide every 3-4 years. Avoid waterlogged soil. In pots, grow in equal parts loam-based compost, grit and humus-rich compost.
Soil type: Chalky, Loamy, Sandy
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Neutral
Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Aspect: South, East, West
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)
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