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UK Common Wildflowers

The is a guide to the most common wildflowers to be found around the UK, both in the countryside and coasts. It is by no means all the wild flowers that we have in the UK, as in the 'Complete British Wild Flowers' book, by Collins, at the bottom of this page lists over 1100 species of British Wild Flower. What we have tried to do initially it to put together a guide that covers the more common ones that cover most areas of the UK, so that when you are out and about you have a quick reference guide.  So these are the flowers you are likely to see when out walking or driving around the UK.

How we have organised this guide

As you move down the page you will come across two types of list for the same flowers. Firstly we have listed the flowers by month they are out in flower using a small thumbnail image. You can see from this that when you are out and about during the spring and summer months there is a lot more you will come across. Whereas during the autumn and winter our countryside changes and there are very few flowers out on view as they are hibernating underground during the colder weather.

Below the monthly section we then list each flower alphabetically. This time we have used a larger image of the flower, which links to another larger image which will display in a separate window. Next to the image in the grid is the plants common name, in bold, that most of us know these flowers by, we have followed this by (their flowering dates). We also give you an idea of where you might find them, links to any further pages on this website which will give you more detailed information and links to the original photograph, for those of you who may want to see more images by that photographer.

We hope you find this useful for helping to identify the flowers when you are out and about, or those you have already have amongst your picture library.

It is intended that this guide will be continually updated and therefore if you know of a wildflower we have missed, then please do let us know and we will add it. If you have a photo you could send us of your recommendation then that would be greatly appreciated also.


Flowers by Month

January

Snowdrop

Gorse

 

 

 

 

 

February

Snowdrop

Celandine

Gorse

Coltsfoot

 

 

 

March

Snowdrop

Daffodil

Wood Anemone

Marsh Marigold

Daisy

Dandelion

Celendine

Coltsfoot

Primrose

Gorse

Blackthorn

 

 

 

April

Bluebell

Cowslip

Fritillary

Cuckoo Flower

Wood Anemone

Wild Garlic

Celendine

Daffodil

Coltsfoot

Daisy

Dandelion

Primrose

Marsh Marigold

Cow Parsley

Blackthorn

Gorse

 

 

 

 

 

May

Bluebell

Cowslip

Red Campion

Yellow Iris

Birds Foot Trefoil

Wild Garlic

Fritillary

Cuckoo Flower

Daisy

Dandelion

Bramble

Celandine

Wood Anemone

Red Clover

Primrose

Marsh Marigold

Hawthorn

Cow Parsley

Gorse

 

 
June

Foxglove

Bee Orchid

Birds Foot Trefoil

Bluebell

Ox-Eye Daisy

Red Campion

Yellow Iris

Daisy

Dandelion

Dog Rose

Bramble

Wild Garlic

Poppy

Red Clover

Sea Campion

Clover

Cow Parsley

Honeysuckle

Hawthorn

Yarrow

Marsh Marigold

Gorse

           
July

Bee Orchid

Red Campion

Ox-Eye Daisy

Buddleia

Foxglove

Teasel

Yellow Iris

Dog Rose

Daisy

Harebell

Dandelion

Birds Foot Trefoil

Red Clover

Bramble

Poppy

Sea Campion

Honeysuckle

Yarrow

Clover

Gorse

 

August

Birds Foot Trefoil

Bramble

Daisy

Poppy

Dandelion

Harebell

Heather

Buddleia

Foxglove

Red Campion

Ox-Eye Daisy

Yellow Iris

Teasel

Red Clover

Sea Campion

Yarrow

Clover

Honeysuckle

Gorse

 

 

September

Daisy

Bramble

Red Clover

Dandelion

Poppy

Clover

Honeysuckle

Heather

Buddleia

Ox-Eye Daisy

Red Campion

Harebell

Birds Foot Trefoil

Yarrow

Gorse

           
October

Daisy

Dandelion

Yarrow

Red Campion

Gorse

 

 

November

Yarrow

Gorse

 

 

 

 

 

December

Teasel

Gorse

 

 

 

 

 

 


Listed in Alpha Order

Bee Orchid  (June to July) 

Open grassland, can be found in disused quarries, roadsides and waste ground.

See Larger Image Photo by: Ian Boyd

Birds Foot Trefoil (May to September)

Found in fields, meadows and roadsides.

See Larger Image Photo by: Phil Sellens

Blackthorn (March to April)

Ripe fruit, known as Sloe's, in September.

Found in woodland and hedgerows.

 

See Larger Image

Bluebell (April to June)

Found in woodlands

 

Where to Photograph Bluebells in England

Where to Photograph Bluebells in Scotland

Where to Photograph Bluebells in Wales

Where to Photograph Bluebells in Northern Ireland

Where and How to Photograph Bluebells in the UK

See Larger Image

Bramble/Blackberry Bush  (May to September)

Found in Hedgerows throughout the UK

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Keith Roper

Buddleia (July to September) 

Also known as the Butterfly Bush as it's flowers attract butterflies.

Found in Roadside verges and areas of waste ground.

This photo shows how popular the buddleia bush is with butterflies as resting/feeding on this flower head is a Peacock, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell.

See Larger Image Photo by: G Bayliss

Clover, white (June to September) 

The most common of the clovers.

Found in parks, banks, lawns any grassy area.

See Larger Image Photo by: D Greves

Colts Foot (March to April)

Flowers before leaves appear.

Found in edges of roads and footpaths.

 

See Larger Image Photo by: by Rachel

Cow Parsley  (April to June)

Found in Roadsides, woodland edges and meadows.

See Larger Image Photo by: Sarah Gadd

Cowslip (April-May) 

Found in Open woods, grassy places and meadows.

 

 

See Larger Image Photo by: D Greves

Cuckooflower (April-May)

Found in Damp meadows and ditches

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Tim Green

Daffodil  (March and April)

Found in Woods, fields and orchards.

 

Where to Photograph Daffodils

Daffodils Way - Gloucestershire 

 

See Larger Image

Daisy (March to October)

Short stemmed just peeps above grass variety.

Very common found in grassy areas, like fields, grass verges, gardens.

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Andre Karwath

Dandelion (March to October)

 

 

See Larger Image

Dog Rose  (June and July) 

Found in Hedgerows

 

See Larger Image Photo by:  Jean Mottershead

Foxgloves  (June-August) 

Found in woodland clearings and edges and grassy banks

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Allan Rostron

Fritillaries (April to May)

Found in Wet meadows, particularly those that flood during the winter.

Special events mentioned in our wildlife calendar in Cricklade, Wiltshire and Ducklington, Oxfordshire.

The Snakeshead Fritllary shown in this image is rare and can be found in a few locations including Cricklade and Ducklington.

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Miles Underwood

Garlic - Wild   (April to June) 

Found in Hedgerows and woodland edges.

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Nick Saltmarsh

Gorse (All Year, Peak time February to May)

There are 3 varieties and at any time of the year at least one is in bloom.

Found in Heaths, roadside banks, sea cliffs and scrubland.

See Larger Image Photo by: John Haslam

Harebell (July to September) 

Found in Dry grassy places.

 

See Larger Image Photo by:   Dave Rogers

Hawthorn (May to June)

Found in hedgerows.

 

See Larger Image Photo by: J A Holland

Heather (August to September)

Found in Heaths and moors and likes sandy soils.

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Gregory Wake

Honeysuckle (June to September) 

Found in Woods and hedgerows.

 

See Larger Image

Lesser Celendine (February to May) 

Found in Woodland, grassland, meadows and hedgebanks.

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Mark Hobbs

Marsh Marigold  (March to June) 

Found in Wet meadows, marshes, wet woodlands and grows well in shade.

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Brian Pettinger

Ox-eye Daisy (June to September)

Found in Roadsides, meadows and waste ground.

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Joey Ramone

Poppy (June to September) 

Found in farmland, waste ground, field edges, roadsides.

 

See Larger Image Photo by: John Beniston

Primrose (March to May)

Found in grassy verges and woodland edges

 

See Larger Image

Red Campion (May to October)

Found in hedgerows, woodland and shady areas.

 

See Larger Image Photo from Wikipedia

Red Clover (May to September) 

Found in grass verges, fields and meadows

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Anita Gould

Sea Campion (June to August) 

Found in cliff tops and shingle.

 

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Dave Rogers

Snowdrop (January to March) 

Found in woodland and riverbanks and other moist soil.

 

Where to Photograph Snowdrops

Snowdrop Valley, Wheddon Cross, Somerset  

 

See Larger Image

Teasel (July to August)

Found in Open woods, stream banks, roadsides, rough ground, grassland, railway banks.

Looks like this photo in December when loosing flower and it's seeds become visible. This flower head is a popular plant for Goldfinches who feast on their seeds.

 

See Larger Image

Wood Anemone (March to May)

Found in shady deciduous woodlands

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Miles Wolstenholme

Yarrow (June to November) 

Found in Meadows, roadside verges, parks and gardens.

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Richard Carter

Yellow Iris  (May to August) 

Sometimes referred to as Water Iris or Flag.

Found in Damp edges of ponds, lakes, rivers and canals.

 

See Larger Image Photo by: Gillie

 


Book

Complete Guide - British Wild Flowers

A photographic guide to every common species.

Paperback with 320 pages, published by Collins

A guide to all the wild flowers of Britain with photographs of both flowers, leaves and where appropriate seeds. With over 1,000 main entries it covers wildflowers, shrubs, aquatic plants, grasses, sedges and rushes, makes this a good field guide

Helpful information about habitats and useful tips to aid identification are included along with a botanical hotspots section detailing 100 rarer species. Comparison pages show different leaf shapes and flower clusters to enable quick and easy navigation to the right section of the book to make your identification. Detailed information on which places to visit in Britain particularly rich in flower species are also included, along with individual maps showing where each species can be found.

 


See Also:

Where to Photograph UK Wild Plants

Where to Photograph Wild Plants (Alpha)

Where to Photograph Wild Plants (County)

Gardens Section

Gardens Doorway

Gardens in the UK 

Gardens in England 

Gardens of Scotland 

Gardens of Wales 

Roses in the UK

Autumn Colours

Woodlands and Forests

 


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