This splendid, easy Japanese terrestrial orchid has showy purple, pink, bi-coloured, or white flowers in July. It makes narrow leaves (the name means “grass leaved”) yet good sized flowers, these are individually larger than Dactylorhiza for example.
It likes moist, well-drained soil when growing, in keeping with its wild habitat, which is usually on slopes and cliffs. In autumn the foliage yellows and the plant dies back to its tubers, and, if all has gone well, its associated offsets. At this time the tubers can be fairly dry and this is when we despatch them.
This genus does not naturally make very large tubers. These resemble those of, for example, many Mediterranean ground 0rchids but they are substantially smaller, pea-sized is very large and more than flowering sized for this plant, most tubers are smaller than this, but are still capable of flowering. This mixture is a high quality one with whites, pinks and purples.
Plant pics shown sprouting 03/11/20