Dactylorhiza foliosa x maculata ssp. podesta has 16 inch spikes of deep pink flowers with magenta markings atop spotted foliage.
Dactylorhiza maculata ssp. podesta x majalis is a hybrid of the subspecies of the widespread Eurasian heath spotted-orchid found in the Netherlands and the broad-leaved marsh orchid which grows across Eurasia. It will produce spikes up to 16 inches tall of pale pink flowers with intricate magenta markings atop lush, heavily burgundy-spotted green foliage. Its parents are both hardy to zone 5 so this hybrid is likely the same. 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 - [Summer B&B Pre-Order]
Family: Orchidaceae (The Orchid Family)
Zone Hardiness: 5-9
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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