Broad-leaved helleborine Epipactis helleborine

Status Green - Least concern
Best Time to See June, July, August, September
Colour Purple
Habitat Woodland

With it's pink, heart-shaped flowers and green wings, this orchid may not be as lively as its cousins but still adds a little glamour to our woods and forests.

The broad-leaved helleborine can be distinguished by its broad, dull green leaves, which are strongly ribbed and flat. Accurate identification can be difficult because it is extremely variable both in the colouring of its flowers and its overall size.The flowers are arranged in long drooping racemes with dull green sepals and shorter upper petals. The lower labellum is much shorter that than the upper petals and pale red.

Distribution

Widespread throughout Britain and Ireland.It is said to be more common in Glasgow than anywhere else in Britain.

Habitat

Habitats include deciduous and coniferous woodland, shady banks, streamsides, roadsides, dune-slacks, limestone pavement, screes and hedgerows. It also occurs in urban habitats, particularly abandoned gardens.

Best time to see

Broad-leaved Helleborine flowers from late June through to early September.