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Dactylorhiza foliosa

Madeiran orchid

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

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Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Dactylorhiza foliosa
  • Common name: Madeiran orchid
  • Family: Orchidaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Purple

Foliage colour:

Green

The Madeiran orchid, Dactylorhiza foliosa is an easy-to-grow, rarely available plant native to the Portugese island of Madeira. It bears large spikes of purple flowers with dotted, darker lips. It looks fantastic when planted en masse among grasses or in informal borders.

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Dactylorhiza foliosa thrives throughout Britain as far as northern Scotland, and grows best in full sun and damp soil. If happy, plants will form dense clumps after several years and may be divided in autumn.

How to grow Dactylorhiza foliosa

  • Plant size

    75cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Boggy / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do Divide in September

Do Divide in October

Do Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Dactylorhiza foliosa and wildlife

Dactylorhiza foliosa has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Dactylorhiza foliosa poisonous?

Dactylorhiza foliosa has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People