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Leafy Orchid Overview
Dactylorhiza foliosa is a herbaceous perennial plant from the Orchidaceae family. It typically grows to around 70cm high, producing attractive pink-purple blooms. Commonly known by the names Leafy Orchid and Madeira Orchid. It originates from the island of Madeira where its found in swampy grassland environments. There are 2 fleshy tubers and several fleshy roots. The 4 or 5 lanceolate, brown-purple spotted leaves are about 6cm long and 12mm wide. The inflorescence reaches around 12cm in height with many densely packed, spotted, pink-purple flowers each about 2.5cm across. Flowering occurs in spring and early summer.
How to propagate Leafy Orchid
Divide in the spring.
Special features of Leafy Orchid
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Leafy Orchid
Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.