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Epipactis gigantea Giant Helleborine

Epipactis gigantea Giant Helleborine

Not as big as the scientific and common name might suggest, its upright stems only reaching 40cm (16") high and with lance-shaped leaves arising from a creeping rhizome. During late spring, clusters of curious flowers appear on the end of the stems, each flower a mix of bright greenyellow, the lip veined with maroon and sepals purple veined. Suitable for a moist but well-drained site on a neutral to alkaline soil in part shade where it will spread slowly.

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