Broad-leaved Helleborine - Epipactis helleborine


Medium to tall plant. Leaves 4 to 10 spirally arranged oval-elliptical, pointed. Flowers 15 to 50, variable in colour, but the sepals usually green or greenish yellow. And the petals pale pinkish violet to purplish red. Lip 9 to 10 mm the lower part dark brownish-red inside, the tip oval to heart shaped greenish-white, pink or purplish the tip curved under giving the lip a rounded appearance.

Similar Species

The only other Epipactis recently recorded in VC55 is Epipactis purpurata.  Several other similar species, varieties and hybrids are known from the UK.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Photograph of whole plant and details of flowers


Woodland and woodland margins.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History


UK Status

Found throughout much of Britain but never common.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 33 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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