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Anacamptis pyramidalis (Pyramid orchid)

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1 hour care
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0.3m
Max height
0.15m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Anacamptis pyramidalis

Other names

Pyramid orchid, Pyramidal orchid, Orchis pyramidalis

Genus

Anacamptis Anacamptis

Species

A. pyramidalis - A. pyramidalis is a tuberous, deciduous orchid with lance-shaped, mid-green leaves and dense, conical racemes of hooded, magenta flowers in summer.


Anacamptis pyramidalis is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect flower stem

Flower

Magenta in Spring; Magenta in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Mid-green in Winter

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

A winter green species. Shoots appear in autumn or winter, enlarging in spring. Leaves die off in summer. Do not remove dead leaves until they have completely died back.

Propagation

Separate offsets in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed, Offsets


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Where to grow

Anacamptis pyramidalis (Pyramid orchid) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.15m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Wildflower, Rock, Naturalised in turf, Greenhouse, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, gritty, neutral to alkaline, well-drained soil in sun. Plant dormant tubers in autumn at least 8cm deep. Suitable for hot, dry banks or screes. Avoid using fertilisers. Does not tolerate waterlogged conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Anacamptis pyramidalis

Other names

Pyramid orchid, Pyramidal orchid, Orchis pyramidalis

Genus

Anacamptis Anacamptis

Species

A. pyramidalis - A. pyramidalis is a tuberous, deciduous orchid with lance-shaped, mid-green leaves and dense, conical racemes of hooded, magenta flowers in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect flower stem


Colour

Flower

Magenta in Spring; Magenta in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Mid-green in Winter

General care

Pruning

A winter green species. Shoots appear in autumn or winter, enlarging in spring. Leaves die off in summer. Do not remove dead leaves until they have completely died back.

Propagation

Separate offsets in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed, Offsets


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Anacamptis pyramidalis (Pyramid orchid) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.15m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Wildflower, Rock, Naturalised in turf, Greenhouse, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, gritty, neutral to alkaline, well-drained soil in sun. Plant dormant tubers in autumn at least 8cm deep. Suitable for hot, dry banks or screes. Avoid using fertilisers. Does not tolerate waterlogged conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Anacamptis pyramidalis (Pyramid orchid)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Orchidophilus spp.

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A pest of orchids spreading in trade. Currently absent from the UK and unlikely to establish outdoors. Could cause severe damage to hosts growing in protected cultivation.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Anacamptis pyramidalis (Pyramid orchid)

Common pest name

Rice leaf nematode; Strawberry crimp disease nematode; White tip nematode; White tip nematode of rice

Scientific pest name

Aphelenchoides besseyi

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Damaging nematode affecting rice crops and strawberry production in warmer climates; could potentially present a threat to strawberry production and ornamental production in protected environments. But modern production practices seem to reduce likelihood of impacts. Pest is also regulated at EU level; which reduces likelihood of entry.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Anacamptis pyramidalis (Pyramid orchid)

Common pest name

common blossom thrips; cotton bud thrips; tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Frankliniella schultzei

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous glasshouse pest; present in many countries; single finding in UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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