This is the largest of the British native orchid growing in calcareous soils and sand dunes. Its impressive flower spike can reach to a metre tall when in flower in late June. It is also known as the Lizard Orchid because of the shape of individual flowers and the Goat Orchid for the very pungant smell it has, by which it attracts a variety of insects.
One problem experienced with this species is that in producing tens of thousands of seeds it uses all the energy contained in the new tuber and hence dies. In order to avoid this it is important to deadhead the flower spike before seed is set.
It is important to treat plants correctly on receipt. They will have come from my unheated alpine house and need to be kept in a similar situation if they have a full rosette. All tubers are checked before being dispatched and only guaranteed for 14 days after receipt. I cannot take responsibility for the effects of winter weather or mistakes made by the purchaser.
Potted tubers sent out from mid August until late winter. All tubers have been checked and any problems shoukld be reported within 14 days of receipt.