Burnt Orchid


The Burnt Orchid has a more descriptive alternative name, the Burnt Tip Orchid, which alludes to the distinctive dark purple unopened flowers above the contrasting white and red opened ones below. It is a small plant rarely found anywhere other than on the chalk downlands of Southern England, especially in Wiltshire.

In flower during May and June, sometimes into July.

Note: As with all wild flowers, orchids should never be picked. Not only does picking a flower deny other people the chance to enjoy seeing it, but the plant will be weakened and the opportunity for it to set seed will be lost. Furthermore, the conditions under which an orchid grows are extremely specific and it would almost certainly die if it were to be transported to another site.



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