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Common Spotted Orchid

Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Also known as

Orchid, Spotted orchid

Photo by Roosie (All rights reserved)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Common Spotted Orchid

Some pink Dactylorhiza fuchsii flowers on a plant
Some pink Dactylorhiza fuchsii flowers on a plant
A photo of Common Spotted Orchid
A photo of Common Spotted Orchid

Common Spotted Orchid Overview

Dactylorhiza fuchsii is also known by the name common spotted orchid. It is a tuberous perennial with thick underground storage organs for holding water. Foliage is green, speckled with purple and leaves produced higher on the stem tend to be smaller than those produced lower down. Typically this species flowers at a height of around 60cm, producing approximately 25-50 purple, pink or white flowers on a central flowering spike. These are symmetrical down the centre and attractively patterned with darker markings on the petals.

How to propagate Common Spotted Orchid

Division

Divide in early spring.

Tubers

Special features of Common Spotted Orchid

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Common Spotted Orchid

Meadow.