This year, it's no exception: the native Southern Marsh orchid is flourishing like never before, and the roots, stems and leaves are all looking very healthy. Similar in its genetic make up to the Common Spotted Orchid, the Southern Marsh orchid is found, in the wild, in wet and boggy areas in the southern parts of the UK (its northern cousin is, as you might guess, the Northern Marsh orchid). Now, the Southern Marsh orchid does not fare well in very dry, sandy soils where moisture is not retained well.
However, it will grow in clay or loamy soils, with not a bog or marsh in sight, as long as there is sufficient rainfall. So anyone living in Wales, Scotland, the South West of England, the North West and Central England could grow these plants in their garden - anyone living in the East of England may have to water these orchids on a regular basis.
They're a robust plant with a lovely dark pink/cerise flower. If you have any queries about the Southern Marsh orchid, just get in touch via our contact page and we will do our best to answer your questions.