Plant Guide

Dactylorhiza elata

Pronunciation: dak-ty-loh-RY-zuh el-AH-tuh
Family: Orchidaceae
Synonym: Orchis elata
Common Name: Robust Marsh orchid
Plant Type:
  • bulb, tuber, corm
  • perennial
  • epiphyte, terrestrial

Height to: 24"
Width to: 6"
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8

Bloom Description: Deep purple flowers, with long protruding bracts
Bloom Season:
  • late spring

Sun Exposure:
  • part sun

Soil Type: Robust Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza elata) prefer moist but well drained, humus rich, leafy soil
Pests and Diseases: Robust Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza elata)  is rarely bothered with pests and diseases.

Propagation: Divide Robust Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza elata) in early spring.
Native to: S.W. Europe

Robust Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza elata) is a terrestrial orchid.

They have finger like, flattened tubers and linear to ovate, lance shaped leaves that are sometimes brown or purple spotted.

Source: The American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants


USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8

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