Photos above - Military orchids in France.

Military orchid

Orchis militaris

Orchis militaire

Presence in France. See link below.

Height. Up to 50cm

Leaves. Stout stem with rather drawn up oblong basal leaves

Flowers.  Dense cone consisting of from 10 to 40 flowers, sepals and side petals are gathered together to form a pointed "helmet" , a lilac colour outside and a veined purple colour inside. The central tongue finishes in two lobes separated by a tooth.

Flowering period. May - June

Soil type. Full sun with dry calcareous substrate.