The southern marsh orchid is common throughout Europe, including the southern British Isles. It produces beautiful spikes covered in numerous pale purple flowers with darker markings on the slightly-lobed lips. The leaves are rarely spotted. 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: Southern Marsh Orchid
Family: Orchidaceae (The Orchid Family)
Zone Hardiness: 5-8
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: Pink
Secondary Bloom Colour: White/Cream
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Soil Moisture: Moist
Deer Resistant: Unknown
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: Fens, wet meadows, dune slacks, calcareous marshes and on road verges, golf courses and derelict industrial sites.
Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia
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