Burnt-tip orchid Orchis ustulata

Status Red - Endangered & Critically Endangered
Best Time to See May, June
Colour Red
Habitat Grassland

A white orchid with a deep crimson peak - the "burnt tip" in question.

It was once more common than it is now. The burnt-tip orchid holds on in short downland turf, and occasionally strays into meadows. It is the County Flower of Wiltshire, where the largest colonies can be found.


Confined to a scattering of sites in southern England, especially the Wiltshire Downs.


Chalk downs.

Best time to see

Flowers from May to June.