Ophrys mammosa growing herbaceous rhizome of the genus Ophrys also known as Ophrys sphegodes mammosa, Ophrys mammosa perennial deciduous plant used as ornamental cut flower plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 6-9.
Leaves color green grow in linear shape.
Ophrys mammosa flower
Flower hairy the shape looks like insect that going to hug “two small hands” and smile, flowers grow on stem in inflorescence, flowers are small 0.5-4 cm, and flower color can be: the 3 sepals and 2 petals color green-yellow with purple stripes the “body” color red to purple with white pattern.
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Requirements for Ophrys mammosa growing and care:
Calcareous soil (alkaline), well-drained soil, bloom in moist soil
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction (rhizome)
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes (much easier)
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Hard to grow it outside the wild
Spring or autumn (in warmer climate) and artificial all year
Pests and diseases:
In the middle of the summer
How to prune:
Size of the plant?
10-50 cm, 4-20 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade (with light)
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Spring / Summer, in hot climate Winter / Spring
General information about the flower:
Color can be: the 3 sepals and 2 petals color green-yellow the “body” color brown with white pattern, flower hairy the shape looks like insect that going to hug “two small hands” and smile, flowers grow on stem in inflorescence, flowers are small 0.5-4 cm