Gymnadenia odoratissima - Scented Orchis

Botanical rarity

Gymnadenia odoratissima is a generally slender and smaller plant than its congeneric Gymnadenia conopsea. The species is also more stable in its shape and the pale pink colour of its inflorescence. It has a very strong vanilla fragrance.

This orchid usually survives in open areas that are often more humid than the typical areas of Gymnadenia conopsea.

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In cultivation - Delivery September 2022

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Data sheet

RangeCollection Garden
FloweringJune, July
Height50-70 cm
ExposureSun, Semi-shade
HardinessHardy (-20°C)
Presentation1 liter container, flowering size plant, 1-2 shoots

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In the wild, Gymnadenia colonize a multitude of biotopes, but are generally found in open areas such as meadows, embankments, roadsides, mountainsides, forest edges, often linked to very fluctuating humidity conditions. This means that they are very adaptable. This plant requires a sunny to semi-shady exposure and accepts heavy or very calcareous soils as well as acidic soils.

In cultivation, it is advisable to use lava stone (pumice) or fine quartz to keep the soil light and well drained. We recommend adding a little potting soil with little organic matter or clay.



The ideal location is sunny or semi-shaded.


Over the seasons...

The plant develops over the years, each tuber is renewed when the leaves wither in summer, sometimes accompanied by vegetative propagation (additional tubers). Over the years, the plant multiplies its number of rosettes and flower stems.


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