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Flora Identification Guide

Make a selection from any of the lists below that match the flower you saw and a filtered selection of possible flowers will be displayed. The more of the four options you specify the smaller the number of likely flowers will be displayed but if you are too specific then you may eliminate your flower from the choices if they do not exactly match my groupings! Have fun ...

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Southern Marsh-orchid

Dactylorhiza praetermissa
Orchid family - Orchidaceae
An orchid with oval flower spike in damp places

Spanish Bluebell

Hyacinthoides non-scripta x hispanica
Lily family - Liliaceae
A bluebell with larger, more open flowers

Spear Thistle

Cirsium vulgare
Daisy family - Compositae
A thistle with very sharp pointed leaves after which it is named

Spear-leaved Orache

Atriplex prostrata
Goosefoot family - Chenopodiaceae
Creeping plant on shingle and sandy beaches - pointed leaves and red stems


Euonymus europaeus
Spindle family - Celastraceae
The flowers of the spindle are small and often overlooked but the seeds in autumn are a lovely pink colour

Spotted Medick

Medicago arabica
Pea family - Leguminosae
Distinctive black marks on the leaves

Spring Crocus

Crocus purpureus
The familiar garden crocus also appear in the wild - often as a garden escape

Square-stalked St Johns-wort

Hypericum tetrapterum
St Johnswort Family - Hypericaceae
Stout square purple stem


Asperula cynanchica
Bedstraw family - Rubiaceae
Short creeping plant with clusters of tiny pale pink flowers

Sticky Mouse-ear

Cerastium glomeratum
Campion Family - Caryophyllaceae
Untidy plant with flowers not fully open and with a sticky feel

Stinking Iris

Iris foetidissima
Iris family - Iridaceae
Bold flowers of various shades of purple followed by large pod producing red berries

Stone Parsley

Sison amomum
Carrot family - Umbelliferea
Fragmented umbrella flower heads on a single main stem

Strawberry Clover

Trifolium fragiferum
Pea family - Leguminosae
Small creeping red clover flower

Subterranean Clover

Trifolium subterraneum
Pea family - Leguminosae
Low growing clover in short turf near the coast

Sun Spurge

Euphorbia helioscopia
Spurge family - Euphorbiaceae
Short plant with a flat head of yellowish-green flowers

Sweet Alison

Lobularia maratima
Cabbage family - Cruciferae
Clustered dome of small white flowers - coastal

Sweet Chestnut

Castanea sativa
Beech family - Fagaceae
The long pointed green flower spikes

Sweet Violet

Viola odorata
Violet family - Violaceae
Fragrant violet with deep purple flowers and ribbed leaves


Rosa rubiginosa
Rose family - Rosaceae
Dog-rose look-a-like and difficult to tell apart!


Acer pseudoplatanus
Maple family - Aceraceae
The dangling stems with several small green flowers on them


Tamarix gallica
Tamarisk family - Tamariceae
Pjnk flower spikes on a shrub with fine green leaves


Tanacetum vulgare
Daisy family - Compositae
Cluster of flower heads that are formed by tight clusters of rays

Thale Cress

Arabidopsis thaliana
Cabbage family - Cruciferae
Small flowers and large upward pointing thin seed pods

Three Cornered Leek

Allium triquetrum
Lily family - Liliaceae
Cluster of trumpet flowers at the top of a single stem

Three-leaved Water Crowfoot

Ranunculus trichophyllus
Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae
Water borne flower with no floating leaves

Three-veined Sandwort

Moehringia trinervia
Campion Family - Caryophyllaceae
Very flimsy plant by footpaths in woods


Armeria maritima
Sea-lavender family - Plumbaginaceae
Large carpets of pink flowers near the sea

Thyme-leaved Sandwort

Arenaria serpyllifolia
Campion Family - Caryophyllaceae
Small, creeping plant in dry places

Thyme-leaved Speedwell

Veronica serpyllifolia
Figwort family - Scrophulariaceae
Creeping plant with tiny pale blue flowers that drop off easily


Lathraea squamaria
Broomrape family - Orobanchaceae
Curious plant lacking any green at all


Potentilla erecta
Rose family - Rosaceae
Low creeping plant often forming patches

Trailing St Johns-wort

Hypericum humifusum
St Johnswort Family - Hypericaceae
low, creeping plant with star shaped flowers

Trailing Tormentil

Potentilla anglica
Rose family - Rosaceae
Slender trailing plant with a flower four petals


Clematis vitalba
Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae
The wonderful fluffy seed heads that mass over hedgerows

Tree Mallow

Lavatera arborea
Mallow family - Malvaceae
Tall shrubby plant with pink flowers that have a dark centre

Tubular Water-dropwort

Oenanthe fistulosa
Carrot family - Umbelliferea
Small but stout plant with fragmented umbrella flower head

Tufted Vetch

Vicia cracca
Pea family - Leguminosae
Row of purple pea flowers along the stem of a climbing plant


Hypericum androsaemum
St Johnswort Family - Hypericaceae
Large star shaped flower and black berries

Unbranched Bur-reed

Sparganium minimum
Bur-reed family - Sparganiaceae
Globular green flowers along an upright single stem


Verbena officinalis
Verbena family - Verbenaceae
Slender plant with small purple star like flowers on spikes

Vipers Bugloss

Echium vulgare
Borage family - Boraginaceae
Bristly flower spikes with blue flowers tinged with purple before fully opening

Wall Speedwell

Veronica arvensis
Figwort family - Scrophulariaceae
Blue flowers growing along the stem of a small plant

Water Avens

Geum rivale
Rose family - Rosaceae
Distinctive downturned flower heads

Water Chickweed

Myosoton aquaticum
Campion Family - Caryophyllaceae

Water Dock

Rumex hydrolapathum
Dock family - Polygonaceae
Familiar dock plant with large leaves growing in water or very damp ground

Water Figwort

Scrophularia auriculata
Figwort family - Scrophulariaceae
Stout tall plant with red stem growing in or by water with strange brown flowers

Water Forget-me-not

Myosotis scorpioides
Borage family - Boraginaceae
Blue flower with white markings on the petals growing in or by water

Water Mint

Mentha aquatica
Mint family - Labiatae
Globual purple flower heads on a plant with purplish leaves and stem