Spider orchid

Ophrys aranifera

Ophrys araignée.

Photos - Early Spider Orchids in France.

Presence in France. See link below.

Height.  30 to 40 cm

Leaves. Smallish leaves appear in autumn.


Flowers.  Single stem with 2 - 5 flowers, yellow-green sepals and a velvety brown labellum with a distinctive H marking so that the flowers much resemble an arthropod and especially a spider.

Flowering period.  April - May

​Soil type. Generally calcareous soils with short or sparse ground cover.

​Protection  Liste des espèces végétales protégées en région Alsace : Article 1