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Orchis anthropophora (Man orchid)

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0.4m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Orchis anthropophora

Other names

Man orchid, Aceras anthropophorum

Genus

Orchis Orchis

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

Habit

Erect flower stem

Flower

Yellow-green, Reddish-brown, Flushed red in Spring; Reddish-brown, Flushed red, Yellow-green in Summer

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Blue-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails Slugs , Snails

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

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

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Orchis anthropophora

Other names

Man orchid, Aceras anthropophorum

Genus

Orchis Orchis

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.

Native to

Central Europe, Mediterranean, Northern Africa, Southeastern Europe, Southwestern Europe, Western Asia

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect flower stem


Colour

Flower

Yellow-green, Reddish-brown, Flushed red in Spring; Reddish-brown, Flushed red, Yellow-green in Summer

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Blue-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

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

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Orchis anthropophora (Man 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

Orchis anthropophora (Man 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

Orchis anthropophora (Man 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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