The native Man Orchid is found in only limited sites in the UK from Lincoln to Somerset with large populations in Oxford and Kent. The name comes from the shape of the labellum. It is found in chalky or limestone areas on scrub and heathland.
It is normally grown in an alpine house as in the wild it is at the fringes of its distribution. It is grown in the same sort of compost as most of the other orchis species. It is slow to develop in the autumn with the rosette not fully forming until the late winter. Like the others it needs to be in a well drained compost but not one that dries out in the winter as this will cause stress and if it is then over watered neck rot is likely to occur. it can be grown outside in the south of the country. Pot raised plants usually flower in May/June.
Good sized seed raised tubers are available from AUGUST.
Tubers are sent out potted when dormant. With this species usually from AUGUST to JANUARY but the amount of growth may reduce that time.