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

Red Helleborine
Red Helleborine

© Stephanie Leese

Sword Leaved Helleborine
Sword Leaved Helleborine

© Mike Waller

White Helleborine
White Helleborine

© Stephanie Leese

Lesser Twayblade
Lesser Twayblade

© Mike Waller

Common Twayblade
Common Twayblade

© Mike Waller

Birds Nest Orchid
Birds Nest Orchid

© Mike Waller

Marsh Helleborine
Marsh Helleborine

© Mike Waller

Dark Red Helleborine
Dark Red Helleborine

© Stephanie Leese

Broad Leaved Helleborine
Broad Leaved Helleborine

© Mike Waller

Violet Helleborine
Violet Helleborine

© Stephanie Leese

Narrow Lipped Helleborine
Narrow Lipped Helleborine

© Mike Waller

Dune Helleborine
Dune Helleborine

© Stephanie Leese

Lindisfarne Helleborine
Lindisfarne Helleborine

© Mike Waller

Green Flowered Helleborine
Green Flowered Helleborine

© Mike Waller

Fen Orchid
Fen Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Bog Orchid
Bog Orchid

© Mike Waller

Coralroot Orchid
Coralroot Orchid

© Mike Waller

Creeping Lady's Tresses
Creeping Lady's Tresses

© Stephanie Leese

Irish Lady's Tresses
Irish Lady's Tresses

© Stephanie Leese

Autumn Lady's Tresses
Autumn Lady's Tresses

© Stephanie Leese

Musk Orchid
Musk Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Man Orchid
Man Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Monkey Orchid
Monkey Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Military Orchid
Military Orchid

© Mike Waller

Lady Orchid
Lady Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Early Purple Orchid
Early Purple Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Small-White Orchid
Small-White Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Lesser Butterfly Orchid
Lesser Butterfly Orchid

© Mike Waller

Greater Butterfly Orchid
Greater Butterfly Orchid

© Mike Waller

Chalk Fragrant Orchid
Chalk Fragrant Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Heath Fragrant Orchid
Heath Fragrant Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Marsh Fragrant Orchid
Marsh Fragrant Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Early Marsh Orchid
Early Marsh Orchid

© Mike Waller

Frog Orchid
Frog Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Common Spotted Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid

© Mike Waller

Heath Spotted Orchid
Heath Spotted Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Southern Marsh Orchid
Southern Marsh Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Northern Marsh Orchid
Northern Marsh Orchid

© Mike Waller

Narrow Leaved Marsh Orchid
Narrow Leaved Marsh Orchid

© Mike Waller

Irish Marsh Orchid
Irish Marsh Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Dense Flowered Orchid
Dense Flowered Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Burnt Tip Orchid
Burnt Tip Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Lizard Orchid
Lizard Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Loose-flowered Orchid
Loose-flowered Orchid

© Mike Waller

Pyramidal Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Green-winged Orchid
Green-winged Orchid

© Mike Waller

Small-flowered Tongue Orchid
Small-flowered Tongue Orchid

© Mike Waller

Fly Orchid
Fly Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Bee Orchid
Bee Orchid

© Mike Waller

Late Spider Orchid
Late Spider Orchid

© Stephanie Leese

Early Spider Orchid
Early Spider Orchid

© Stephanie Leese