Early Marsh Orchid
This lovely orchid - the early marsh orchid seen in the western isles is stunning. This Hebridean wildflower, the early marsh orchid likes non acid soil - loves the sandy soil of the machair. A truly beautiful hebridean wildflower.
The flowers are carried in a dense spike of 20~30 flowers which in the "typical" subspecies of the plant are flesh-coloured (hence the name 'incarnata').The flowers can be coloured from pink to deep purple.
Flower of Early Marsh Orchid Showing Bottom Lip Bent Back
The petals have a red double loop with dots and lines inside
The leaves of this orchid are not spotted (unlike many other species) The leaves appear in Spring, are quite broad. This orchid has a thick flower stem
Pollination is by bees, particularly bumblebees.
The Early Marsh Orchid likes Non Acid Soil
The Early March Orchid of The Hebrides likes the sandy soil of the machair. This orchid grows in marshes, also in wet meadows where the soil is alkaline
This fascinating orchid has several subspecies, with flowers from pure white through salmon pink, lilac and red. It's Protected By Law, as are all wild orchids. If You remove or disturb the ground - you can be fined or imprisoned - or both. If you are wanting to move them you need to get a licence from the local council.