Broad-leaved Helleborine

Name: Broad-leaved Helleborine

Scientific name: Epipactis helleborine

Category: Flowers

Nature Stars: 60

What are nature stars?

About: This tall, dark orchid has leaves that spiral around the stem and sticky, drooping flowers. Flowers July to September.

How to identify: Look for broad leaves of a dull green at the base.

Where: Found throughout the UK and Ireland, concentrated most on England and Northern Ireland.

Fantastic fact: Some wasp pollinators have been seen becoming sleepy after lapping nectar from these orchids, sometimes even falling out of the flowers!

Photograph credit: Philip Precey