Dactylorhiza foliosa x maculata ssp. podesta has 16 inch spikes of deep pink flowers with magenta markings atop spotted foliage.
Dactylorhiza foliosa x maculata ssp. podesta is a hybrid of the Madeira orchid endemic to that Portuguese Island and the subspecies of the widespread Eurasian heath spotted-orchid found in the Netherlands. It will produce spikes up to 16 inches tall of deep pink flowers with magenta markings atop lush, heavily burgundy-spotted green foliage. Its parents are hardy to zone 7 and zone 5, respectively, so this hybrid is likely intermediate in hardiness to about zone 6. Marsh orchids grow across Europe usually in moist habitats that are either moist year round or seasonally moist in the winter becoming drier in the summer. Despite their marshy natural habitats, these hardy orchids do well in evenly moist garden soils in full to part sun and are easy to grow. Over time they will develop into impressive clumps of lance-shaped leaves with many vertical spikes of delightful orchid flowers.
Common Name: Marsh Orchid - [Spring B&B Pre-Order]
Family: Orchidaceae (The Orchid Family)
Zone Hardiness: 6-9
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: Pink
Secondary Bloom Colour: Magenta
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Soil Moisture: Moist, Average, Wet
Deer Resistant: Unknown
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: Nitrogen-poor marshes and wet fields.
Geogrpahical Origin: Miscellaneous - Garden Origin
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