Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Last of the Wild Orchids for the Season


Autumn Lady's Tresses Spiranthes spiralis, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.

As predicted, now we've had a bit of rain, the Autumn Lady's Tresses Spiranthes spiralis (Fr. Spiranthe d'automne) have shot up and are flowering. Keep an eye out for them, as they are not easy to spot. They are a rare and protected species, which we are lucky to have in reasonable numbers here, albeit in localised colonies with numbers ranging from a single plant to maybe 60 individual plants in a few places. They like to be dry in summer and wet in winter.

1 comment:

bonnie poppe said...

It apparently grows here in Provence, so I must look for it. We have 50-70 of the more common ones in our garden in spring, but I don't know if we have this one. Thanks for pointing it out.
bonnie in provence

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