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Early Purple Orchid

Orchis mascula

Also known as

Blue Butcher, Aaron's beard, Adam-and-Eve, adder's grass, ballock grass, bloody man's finger, crake feet, cuckooflower, dead man's finger, Dead Man's Thumb, Gethsemane, hand orchid, keat legs, kite pan, kite's legs, long purples, May orchid, purple orchid, purple wreathwort, ram's horns, Satyricon, spotted orchid, Orchid

Orchis mascula speciosa by Franz Xaver (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A pink flower on a Orchis mascula plant
A close up of some pink flowers on a Orchis mascula plant
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Early Purple Orchid Overview

Orchis mascula is a terrestrial orhcid species from the Orchidaceae family. It produces purple-spotted leaves and purple flowers from spring-summer. These are arranged on upright spikes.

Common problems with Early Purple Orchid

How to propagate Early Purple Orchid

Division

You must propagate by division.

Special features of Early Purple Orchid

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Early Purple Orchid

Wildflower/meadow