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By Aviva

West Lothian, Scotland Sco

Does anyone know what this purple flower is growing in the wild? and is it toxic? thanks!




it is one of our native orchids. Dactylorhizza possibly but cant remember which one. they are lovely.

23 Jun, 2010


And protected so you may not pick them.

23 Jun, 2010


Yes Dactylorhiza, there are several different ones - we've got D. purpurella (the northern spotted orchid) growing at the bottom end of the veg. garden

23 Jun, 2010


From your location, Aviva, it could be Northern Marsh Orchid but all are variable and difficult to tell apart from a photo. Is it toxic, probably as sheep and horses etc know better than to eat it.

23 Jun, 2010


thanks everyone, re wild purple orchid - had never seen this unusual colour in the wild before . . .

24 Jun, 2010

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