Broad-leaved Helleborine

Epipactis helleborine

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The Broad-leaved Helleborine is a tall, dark orchid with leaves that spiral around the stem and purple-tinged, drooping flowers. It flowers from July to September and can be seen mainly in woodlands and scrub, but oddly prefers waste grounds in and around the city of Glasgow.

How to identify

The Broad-leaved Helleborine has broad, oval leaves with strong veins at its base, and smaller leaves that wind their way up the stem. A single flower spike has loose clusters of drooping flowers that are greenish with a purple tinge.

Where to find it

Found throughout the UK, but populations mostly concentrated in England and Northern Ireland.


When to find it

  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many nature reserves for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife, including many different species of plants. But these precious sites are under threat from development, intensive agricultural practices and climate change. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife happenings, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and be helping local wildlife along the way.

Species information

Common name
Broad-leaved Helleborine
Latin name
Epipactis helleborine
Height: up to 75cm
Conservation status