Dactylorhiza Elata, a hardy Orchid that grows in Aberdeen
Orchids! not really a plant that we would be likely to think of for the garden in Aberdeen.
Dactylorhiza however is a fully hardy specimen which thrives in our north east cooler climate. This Orchid enjoys a semi shaded position, a moist woodland setting is ideal.
Strapping arched green leaves and columns of purple flowers which are made up of numerous individual blooms. This plant looks magnificent in early/mid Summer naturalised in clearings between shrubs in the woodland.
The speciman in our garden which was given to us from a fellow gardener who had been dividing plants has never failed to give a good show. Planted six years ago I think it is now time to split the plant.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Position – Partial shade
Height – 25cm
Update January 2013— Moving this great plant from here to there resulted in our treasured specimen dying off. I am totally furious with myself and intend getting a replacement this year