Photos above: Left - Bee orchid flower.  Right - Bee orchid leaves which appear in the autumn.

Bee-orchid-in-France
Bee-orchid-leaves-in-France

Bee-orchid

Ophrys-apifera

Ophrys-abeille

Presence in France. See link below.


Height. 20cm - 70cm


Leaves. Oval / lanceolate, plain green. basal rosette. Appear in autumn.


Flowers.  2 - 11 in a slender lax spike. Brownish purple to yellowish green with pink or purple sepals, lip three lobed with a yellowish pattern enclosing a reddish-brown shield shaped zone.


Flowering period. May - July


Soil type. Dry or temporarily wet, generally calcareous. Full sun.


Protection. Regional. Limousin, Franche-Comté.