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Orchis simia

Monkey orchid

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Expert

photo by Tim Gainey, copyright GAP Photos (143727)

Plant details

A beautiful spring-flowering orchid which is quite unusual because the flowers open in sequence, from those at the top down to those at the bottom. The hood on the flower is pale pink, often with attractive red streaks, and is spotted or veined red inside. But the best reason for growing this is the bizarre, animated, monkey-like growth, with red 'hands' and 'feet' which poke out of the hood making it a big hit with children. It's best grown in a frost-free greenhouse where it likes bright light and moderate watering over summer, but it needs to be kept dry while dormant.

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Orchis

Species: simia

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Expert

Height: 45cm

Spread: 15cm


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