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Have I got an orchid???

chickychicky Posts: 10,400

We have an area of grassland which we have been trying to turn into a wildflower meadow. This year the yellow rattle is really getting established (thanks Nutcutletimage), and new flowers have started appearing (we haven't sown any seed, so it is just what is in the seedbank, plus donations from passing wildlife).  Today,I found this






 The last pic is its leaves - sort of like a mini-tulips leaves but narrower, with purple spots on.

my Sarah Raven book says it might be a Heath Spotted orchid.....does anyone knowimage


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,945

    Definately an orchid - my wildflower bible (Keble Martin) says Dactylorhiza maculata   commonly called Heath Orchid

    Apparently  they do hybridise with other Dactylorhiza and there are various sub-species.

    How very exciting image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • landgirl100landgirl100 Posts: 655

    Dove is right, what a lovely find! It's mainly a northern and western species, so quite unusual in your area. You could upload your photos to Orchid Observers and help their research.

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,400

    Thanks bothimage I have been holding my breath, just in case I was wrong, but now I am really really super excitedimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

    Will post my pics on orchid-observers - thanks for the link landgirl

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,354

    How wonderful chickyimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,434

    How exciting. I plant bought ones and they disappear after the first year. You obviously have the right fungal mix in the soil.  I hope they increase for you.image

  • Katherine WKatherine W Posts: 410

    I'd definitely think that's it... here it comes in pink, light to very dark.

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    Well done chicky lassimage

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,400

    Thanks ....still smiling broadly hereimage

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Are they protected as a species at all? Looks lovely.

  • That's ifantastic Chicky, it's beautiful.......I'm not at all jealous imageimage x

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