Early Purple Orchid Facts | Wildlife & Flora in the Cotswolds
Typically presenting in a brilliant magenta shade, this plant grows up to 23 inches tall, with the flowers clustered toward the apex of the stalk. As a member of the orchid family, it does not produce nectar, attracting pollinators through the shape of its flowers that mimic other species.
The early purple orchid can also appear in a pink and white tone occasionally; however, all the variations are best from April through June. The smell at first bloom can be intoxicating, although it is often described as unpleasant once the flowers have been fertilized later in the season.
Although listed as least concern, some conservation organizations are working with livestock farmers to help manage pasture in a way that provides a habitat suitable for the early purple orchid to flourish.