3 years to reach maturity
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Bee Orchid Overview
Ophrys apifera is a tuberous, perennial orchid species in the Orchidaceae family, native to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. It has a simple, basal rosette of leaves and a flowering stalk carrying between 2 and 12 flowers, the lower part of which resembles a foraging insect. Flowers are around 2.5cm wide, pale green, brown and pink in colour, with yellow, bee-like markings. These appear from spring-summer and measure approximately 30cm in height. Commonly known as bee-orchids, they reproduce by pseudocopulation; tricking male insects into collecting and distributing pollen by mimicking the scent and appearance of female insects.
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Offsets may be seperated in autumn.
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