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We have combined these two powerful search tools into a single Find a Plant service searching over 250,000 plant records.
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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
leafy orchid Madeira orchid
Dactylorhiza are deciduous tuberous perennials with lance-shaped leaves sometimes spotted with purple, and dense terminal racemes of purple, pink or white flowers
D. foliosa is an erect herbaceous perennial to 70cm tall, with spirally arranged, lance-shaped leaves and bright rosy-purple flowers 2.5cm wide, in a dense spike to 12cm long
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or East-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
MoistureMoist but well-drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in moist but well-drained, humus-rich, leafy soil in partial shade. Ideal for a rock or woodland garden, or in a wildflower meadow
Divide in early spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds
Cottage & Informal Garden Rock Garden Wildflower meadow
Pruning No pruning required. Deadhead flowers as they fade if required
Pests Usually trouble free
Usually trouble free
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