Orchids in the UK

As well as the Ghost Orchid, the UK is home to a wide range of stunning species, from the abundant Common Spotted Orchid to the rare and magnificent Lady's Slipper. 52 species in total are found on our shores, ranging in habitats as diverse as the dense pine forests of the North, the bogs, heaths and mires of the Welsh uplands, from the unusual networks of limestone pavements, to the classic orchid strewn grasslands. These beautiful flowers are a must-see during the spring and summer months, and a snapshot of each species is illustrated below.

Lady's Slipper
Lady's Slipper

© Stephanie Leese

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Red Helleborine
Red Helleborine

© Stephanie Leese

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Sword Leaved Helleborine
Sword Leaved Helleborine

© Mike Waller

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White Helleborine
White Helleborine

© Stephanie Leese

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Lesser Twayblade
Lesser Twayblade

© Mike Waller

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Common Twayblade
Common Twayblade

© Mike Waller

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Birds Nest Orchid
Birds Nest Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Marsh Helleborine
Marsh Helleborine

© Mike Waller

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Dark Red Helleborine
Dark Red Helleborine

© Stephanie Leese

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Broad Leaved Helleborine
Broad Leaved Helleborine

© Mike Waller

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Violet Helleborine
Violet Helleborine

© Stephanie Leese

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Narrow Lipped Helleborine
Narrow Lipped Helleborine

© Mike Waller

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Dune Helleborine
Dune Helleborine

© Stephanie Leese

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Lindisfarne Helleborine
Lindisfarne Helleborine

© Mike Waller

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Green Flowered Helleborine
Green Flowered Helleborine

© Mike Waller

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Fen Orchid
Fen Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Bog Orchid
Bog Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Coralroot Orchid
Coralroot Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Creeping Lady's Tresses
Creeping Lady's Tresses

© Stephanie Leese

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Irish Lady's Tresses
Irish Lady's Tresses

© Stephanie Leese

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Autumn Lady's Tresses
Autumn Lady's Tresses

© Stephanie Leese

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Musk Orchid
Musk Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Man Orchid
Man Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Monkey Orchid
Monkey Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Military Orchid
Military Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Lady Orchid
Lady Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Early Purple Orchid
Early Purple Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Small-White Orchid
Small-White Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Lesser Butterfly Orchid
Lesser Butterfly Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Greater Butterfly Orchid
Greater Butterfly Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Chalk Fragrant Orchid
Chalk Fragrant Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Heath Fragrant Orchid
Heath Fragrant Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Marsh Fragrant Orchid
Marsh Fragrant Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Early Marsh Orchid
Early Marsh Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Frog Orchid
Frog Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Common Spotted Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Heath Spotted Orchid
Heath Spotted Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Southern Marsh Orchid
Southern Marsh Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Northern Marsh Orchid
Northern Marsh Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Narrow Leaved Marsh Orchid
Narrow Leaved Marsh Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Irish Marsh Orchid
Irish Marsh Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Dense Flowered Orchid
Dense Flowered Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Burnt Tip Orchid
Burnt Tip Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Lizard Orchid
Lizard Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Loose-flowered Orchid
Loose-flowered Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Pyramidal Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Green-winged Orchid
Green-winged Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Small-flowered Tongue Orchid
Small-flowered Tongue Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Fly Orchid
Fly Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Bee Orchid
Bee Orchid

© Mike Waller

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Late Spider Orchid
Late Spider Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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Early Spider Orchid
Early Spider Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

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