Dactylorhiza x braunii

Dactylorhiza x braunii

Marsh orchid, spotted orchid

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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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 not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not 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 x braunii
  • Common name: Marsh orchid, spotted orchid
  • Family: Orchidaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Purple

Foliage colour:

Green

There are lots of easy-to-grow, hardy orchids in the Dactylorhiza genus. Typically, they bear large spikes of purple flowers with dotted, darker lips. They look fantastic when planted en masse among grasses and meadows, or in informal borders.

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Dactylorhiza x braunii has pretty mauve and white flowers and strapped, dotty foliage. It can reach up to 60cm.

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Dactylorhiza plants thrive throughout Britain as far as northern Scotland, and grow best in full sun to partial shade, in damp soil. If happy, plants will form dense clumps after several years and may be divided in autumn.

How to grow Dactylorhiza braunii

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    40cm spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: 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
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 not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not 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

Dactylorhiza braunii and wildlife

Dactylorhiza braunii is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Dactylorhiza braunii poisonous?

Dactylorhiza braunii 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

Plants that go well with Dactylorhiza braunii

Fritillaria meleagris
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Fritillaria meleagris

Snake's head fritillary