The Green-winged orchid is one of the early flowering native orchids and is often seen in a spring meadow flowering amongst cowslips.
It will grow in a neutral, well drained soil and will tolerate clay if the ground drainage is improved in an over-large planting hole.
You can put it in a flower bed or into grass which is managed as a wildflower meadow. This can be an area of lawn or other grassland but must contain fine meadow grasses and yellow rattle to keep the grass from dominating and overwhelming the orchids and other flowering plants. Please see our notes on meadow creation and management.
Orchids will spread and grow from seed only if the species-specific soil fungi are present. For the Green-winged orchid we believe that these are often present in the soil. Any self-seeded plants will take 3-4 years to grow from seed to flowering.
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