Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Autumn Lady's-Tresses

 Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Autumn Lady's-Tresses.

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Autumn Lady's-Tresses.

This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Autumn Lady's-Tresses - Spiralis Spiranthes.

This unassuming gorgeous orchid can grow, in a good year, in the hundreds in the islands. Look along the Garrison and Harrys walls. There are also a few plants on Deep Point. Obviously, the many children who like to walk along the garrison walls don't put off this little gem.

The botanical name for Autumn lady's-tresses is Spiralis spiranthes, which means twisted or spiralling and describes the lovely spiral of flowers up the stem. It looks like it's been swirled. A very tasteful helter-skelter.

On a good year you can spot the first one, get your eye in, and then you will be seeing them everywhere they are happy to grow. It is very partial to an island garden lawn.

Autumn lady's-tresses is Mediterranean in origin and is found in England. It is pollinated by bumblebees.

There is very little mythology about British orchids which seems odd as they can be a bit mysterious when they pop up in unexpected places or not flower when you expect to see them. The leaf rosette of the Autumn lady's-tresses develops in September, over winters and then withers before flowering.

You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.