Photos - Tongue orchids in a group above and close up of flower left in France

Tongue orchid
Serapias-lingua
Sérapias-en-langue

Presence in France. See link below.

Height.  10 - 35cm

Leaves. Lanceolate, erect.


Flowers.  2 - 8 per stem.  Labellum colour very variable, but almost always pink, often brick red or salmon and strikingly tongue-like


Flowering period.  May - June

​Soil type. Dry or wet meadows, slightly acid soil on limestone, full sunlight or partial shade. The plant makes long stalked tubers and many thousands of plants can be found in suitable habitat.

​Protection.