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Woodland plant with purple spotted leaves

Observed: 15th May 2010 By: nb3387

Green leaves with purplish spots and purple edging to the leaves. Three small clumps noticed in Blean Woods nr Canterbury (Ancient Woodland). Could someone please tell me what it is?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Spotted-Orchid (Dactyorchis fuchsii subsp. fuchsii) interacts


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Not sure of the species - early purple, or common spotted are probably the most likely, not knowing the area.

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D. fuchsii

The species is a passably common garden plant in various colour forms. It also crops up out of the blue in gardens - I had one appear in a pot holding a perennial last year - sadly, and surprisingly, it did not survive the winter.