Platanthera chlorantha

Greater butterfly orchid

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Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour






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Plant details

A striking British and European native with scented white flowers (up to about 24), up the stem with a green tint, appearing from June to August. Each flower has a downward-pointing lip. In the wild it grows in pastures and on grassland, and is best grown in a wild garden or a spare part of a cottage garden. It'll spread, creating a beautiful, highly distinctive effect. A good and very similar alternative is P. bifolia.

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Platanthera

Species: chlorantha

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Shade

Soil: Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 60cm

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