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Spotted Orchid

Dactylorhiza spp.

Also known as

Marsh Orchid, Keyflower, Orchid

Dactylorhiza maculata subsp. savogiensis 002 by Johan N (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size




2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Spotted Orchid Overview

Dactylorhiza is a genus of around 115 hardy tuberous plants with thick underground storage organs for holding water. Common names include the marsh orchid and spotted orchid. Foliage is often speckled and leaves produced higher on the stem tend to be smaller than those produced lower down. Plants may reach heights of 70-90cm and their inflorescence is small compared to the total plant height, producing 25-50 flowers. These are mainly white, with spotted petals in a variety of shades of pink, purple and red.

How to propagate Spotted Orchid


Division of tubers where possible.


Special features of Spotted Orchid

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Spotted Orchid

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.


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