The heath spotted orchid is an impressive perennial grass, growing to a height of about half a metre. The colour patterns in the beautiful flower clusters, which bloom in June and July, varies a lot; but the prevalent colouration is pink with purple patterns.
The heath spotted orchid grows in lush and moist habitats, groves, marshes and meadows. It can be found across Europe and Siberia.
The plant’s specific scientific name maculata comes from Greek and means “spotted.” This is probably because the dot patterns on the leaves can vary greatly. As their name suggests, they are related to orchids.
The heath spotted orchid may have a very delicate in appearance, but it is a hardy plant. It can grow at the edges of cutting openings as long as soil moisture conditions are favorable. The heath spotted orchid thrives near springs and these particularly important habitats are protected by the Finnish Forest Act.
Heath spotted orchid
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