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. 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. Often confused with buttercup, but flowers much earlier ( February to April) and has 8-12 petals. Low ground level plant with heart shaped leaves.
Meadow Buttercup. Flowers April- September. Taller flower stems than Celandine and has 5 petals.
Primrose Flowers very early in the year – January – March
Cowslip Leaves look similar to Primrose, but flowers are much smaller and on taller stem than primrose
Bird’s Foot Trefoil
Marsh Marigold Grows in damp areas on the edge of ponds, rivers or streams
Goats Beard Taller than dandelion, the seed head is much bigger too
Yellow Corydalis Grows out of rocks, brick walls etc
Yellow Flag Iris Grows in ponds, boggy areas or the edge of water.
Ragwort Flowers from mid-summer its the food plant of the stripy Cinnabar moth caterpillars.
Groundsel (photo to come)
Red Dead Nettle
Foxglove Much loved by bees but Foxglove is poisonous – so do not touch.
Rosebay Willowherb (photo to come)
ORANGE / RED
Fox & Cubs
Scarlet Pimpernel – Flowers are about 1cm across
Poppy. On tall hairy stems, the flowers don’t last very long
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)
Ivy Leaved Toadflax A tiny plant normally found growing in cracks in walls or pavement
Grape Hyacinth Flowers March-April , 15-20cm, tall
Ground Ivy (photo to come)
White Or Mostly White
White Dead Nettle
Daisy. A familiar flower on school playing fields, parks and garden lawns. But have you noticed the pink edges of its petals
Oxeye Daisy A giant daisy, oxeye daisy flowers are 5-10cm across and 30 – 60cm high