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The orchids of the Gorges du Tarn

and the Venus hoof

Discover the flowers of the Gorges du Tarn , including wild orchids: Sabot de Vénus, Céphalanthères à longues feuilles, Dactylorhiza sureau, Ophrys arachnitiformis, Orchis mâle, Orchis pourpre…

Allabout Wild orchids

Once you’ve looked up at the cliffs of the Gorges du Tarn, don’t forget to look down at a more discreet but nonetheless famous treasure on the ground: wild orchids!

They come in all shapes and sizes, and the most famous of them all is, of course, the ” Sabot de Vénus “.

The Venus hoof

Orchid queen

It’s easy to recognize: it’s a perennial plant between 25 and 60 centimetres tall, with large, purple flowers and a yellow ” labellum ” with purple stripes. Flowering varies from year to year, depending on light, humidity and temperature. It occurs once or twice a year, often between May and June.

Where and when


wild orchids?

On the banks of the Tarn, but also on the Causse Méjean and/or the Causse de Sauveterre. Wild orchids flower between May and June.

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