This beautiful native orchid, also known as the Green Winged Orchid used to be found in many meadow situations throughout the country but with changes in agricultural practices is now limited to meadows and other grass areas that have been untouched for decades. A site in Somerset has thousands because the fields have not been fertilized for 50 years and only grazed by sheep for a few weeks in the summer to clean the grass in the same way as mowing and carting away.
Customers have successfully reintroduced this species into their meadows and had the good fortune of having the right mycorhiza to enable seed to germinate and produce a large quantity of new plants.
If grown in pots in an alpine house it should be kept slightly damp at all times to prevent stressing the plant and causing neck rot. It is one of the easier natives to grow in pots.
This is a summer dormant species growing through the winter and flowering in May. Growth starts when night temperatures start to drop with a rosette of leaves formed by early October. Growth continues until temperatures and light levels drop. Growth restarts in early spring with the spike coming from the centre of the rosette.
Plants are normally sent out potted to customers in the UK. Full growing instructions at the top of this section. They can normally be sent during the period AUGUST to NOVEMBER after which time growth is such that the rosette may get damaged. Plants are fully checked when dispatched. Please notify me of any problems within 14 days of receipt. No refund will be made after this period.
Two year old plants available until end of October.