What Wildflower

What wildflower is it? 

There are hundreds of different species of wild flowers in the UK. Identifying them can be a very tricky, so here is a photo ID guide to some of the more common species you may find in your school, park or garden. For ease the flowers are separated by colour, but some flower colours var and pinks may look more like purple or vice versa.

Take a photo of the flower or whole plant and see if it matches any of these. Click on photos to enlarge.


Dandelion ID Dandy f

Dandelion. In flower from March to October, once pollinated the golden flowers change to seedhead clocks. Explore change over time with Wonder Study resources here

Celandine  Celandine  Celandine1

Celandine. Often confused with buttercup, but flowers much earlier ( February to April) and has 8-12 petals. Low ground level plant with heart shaped leaves.

Buttercup2  Buttercup ID  

Meadow Buttercup. Flowers April- September. Taller flower stems than Celandine and has 5 petals.


Primrose Flowers very early in the year – January – March 

Cowlip2   Cowslip2

Cowslip  Leaves look similar to Primrose, but flowers are much smaller and on taller stem than primrose

Birds Foot Trefoil  Birds Foot Trefoil2

Bird’s Foot Trefoil

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold  Grows in damp areas on the edge of ponds, rivers or streams 

Goats Beard Flower Goats Beard Seed Head

Goats Beard  Taller than dandelion, the seed head is much bigger too

Yellow Corydalis Flower  Yellow Corydalis Plant 2

Yellow Corydalis Grows out of rocks, brick walls etc

Yellow Flag Iris  Yelow Flag

Yellow Flag Iris   Grows in ponds, boggy areas or the edge of water.

Ragwort 2 Ragwort  Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar

Ragwort Flowers from mid-summer its the food plant of the stripy Cinnabar moth caterpillars.

Perennial Sow Thistle

Sow Thistle

Herb Bennett   Herb Bennet seed head

Herb Bennett

PIneapple Mayweed

Pineapple Mayweed







Groundsel  (photo to come)


Campion Red Campion 3 Red Campion

Red Campion

Red Dead Nettle  Pink Red Dead Nettle

Red Dead Nettle

REd Clover  Red Clover ID

Red Clover

Knapweed  Knapweed2


Red Valerian

Red Valerian

Herb Robert Herb Robert

Herb Robert

Ragged Robin

Ragged Robin

Foxglove   Foxglove2

Foxglove  Much loved by bees but Foxglove is poisonous  – so do not touch.

Hedge Woundwort

Hedge Woundwort

Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife

Rosebay Willowherb (photo to come)


Fox & Cubs Flower  Fox&Cubs 2

Fox & Cubs


Scarlet Pimpernel – Flowers are about 1cm across

Poppy3  Poppys

Poppy. On tall hairy stems, the flowers don’t last very long


Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not  Flowers from March 10-30cm high


Alkanet  Flowers look similar to Forget Me Not, but are darker blue and the plant is much bigger (80-100 cm tall)

Speedwell  Speedwell


Ivy Leaved Toadflax  Ivy Leaf Toadflax1  Ivy Leaved Toadflax

Ivy Leaved Toadflax  A tiny plant normally found growing in cracks in walls or pavement


Grape Hyacinth   Flowers March-April , 15-20cm, tall

Lesser Periwinkle Flower




4th JUly TEasel


IMG_8275  Purple Dog Violet

Dog Violet

Meadow Cranesbill

Meadow Cranesbill.



Self Heal


Ground Ivy (photo to come)

White Or Mostly White

Cow Parsley  Cow Parsley Leaf Cow Parsley

Cow Parsley

Wild Carrot  Wild Carrot2

Wild Carrot

White Clover  White Clover2

White Clover

Bramble Flower

Bramble (Blackberry)

DogRose STEM  Dog Rose ID

Dog Rose



Wood Anemone

Wood Anemone

White Dead Nettle  White DEad Nettle

White Dead Nettle

White Daisy Daisy

Daisy. A familiar flower on school playing fields, parks and garden lawns. But have you noticed the pink edges of its petals

Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye Daisy  A giant daisy, oxeye daisy flowers  are 5-10cm across and 30 – 60cm high

Ribwort Plantain ID

Ribwort Plantain

Bindweed  Gt Bindweed

Great Bindweed