Botanical name: Orchis anthropophora
Other names: Man orchid, Aceras anthropophorum
Species: O. anthropophora - O. anthropophora is a deciduous, terrestrial orchid with blunt-edged, linear, blue-green basal leavesl and, in late spring and early summer, an erect stem bearing yellow-green to red-brown, hooded flowers with pendulous red-flushed lips and lobes said to resemble the shaped of a man.
Orchis anthropophora is: Deciduous
Flower: Yellow-green, Reddish-brown, Flushed red in Spring; Yellow-green, Reddish-brown, Flushed red in Summer
Foliage: Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Blue-green in Autumn
Habit: Erect flower stem
Propagation methods: Seed. REGISTER to read more...
Orchis anthropophora (Man orchid) will reach a height of 0.4m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses: Beds and borders, City, Containers, Greenhouse
Cultivation: Plant in moist but well-drained, alkaline soil in a sunny position Mulch in autumn in mild areas. Though it tolerates dry conditions, avoid letting it dry out in summer.
Soil type: Chalky, Loamy, Sandy
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral
Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Aspect: South, East, West
Hardiness: Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)
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A tall and slender stem, covered with many small flowers that can be red or yellow in colour. Each has a green hood that does not lift or open and the shape of the petal draped below is of well defined 'arms' and 'legs', resembling a tiny man. These grow on stony areas, grassy habitats, roadside banks - often on calcareous soils. These flower from March to May and are widespread in the Mediterranean region.
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