365 days of orchids – day 160 – Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Our second native species to flower this year, Dactylorhiza fuchsii is one of the most common, wide spread orchids in the UK. The plant has a tuberous habit, the spotted leaves emerge around March every year the flower spikes are present from about mid may. Once the first flowers open the rest open in quick succession and form a very nice spray within weeks. The plant pictured is growing in my garden at home and has been for the last few years. I recieved the plant about five years ago and moved it to where it is now where this year it produced six flower spikes.