Northern Marsh Orchid
A lovely plant this is the more northerly equivalent of D. praetermissa. It has a delightful stocky dwarf habit with deep blue-tinged, green leaves and compact crowded flower spikes of deep rich violet-purple flowers.
The individual blooms are deeply coloured and have a characteristic diamond shaped lip. The shape results from the folding of the central lobe, and once 'learned' it is a sure guide to the identification of this species.
Garden soil, damp but well drained. Cultivated stock, raised from seed in Belgium.
Due to permit costs of approx. £60 per item imposed by the UK Government these are not available for customers in Norway, Switzerland, USA, etc.