365 days of orchids – day 153 – Gymnadenia conopsea

The first of our native species to flower in the temperate section of our greenhouse is the fragrant orchid – Gymnadenia conopsea. This species is present in nearby Wiltshire and Clay Hill is a great spot to enjoy the opportunity to lie down and admire its scent.

Our seed raised native species grow in large pots in a mix of soil based and peat free compost with added limestone grit.

Gymnadenia conopsea is usually found in a range of pinks and purples but we are fortunate that this plant is a pure white alba clone. We will be collecting seed later in the summer to raise the next generation of native species.


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