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Dactylorhiza purpurella


Dactylorhiza majalis, the broad-leaved marsh orchid, produces beautiful spikes densely covered with gorgeous magenta flowers with white markings.

Dactylorhiza purpurella, the northern marsh orchid, grows in northern Europe. It produces beautiful, short spike densely packed with gorgeous magenta flowers marked with darker magenta-red around white throats. Despite its marshy natural habitat, this orchid does well in evenly moist garden soils in full to part sun. Possibly hardy to zone 4.

Common Name: Northern Marsh Orchid

Family: Orchidaceae (The Orchid Family)

Zone Hardiness: 4-8

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 8-12"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: Magenta

Secondary Bloom Colour: Red

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Early Summer

Soil Moisture: Moist, Average, Wet

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Damp coastal dunes and dune slacks (the wet areas between dunes).


Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

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