They come in a huge range of colours, shapes and sizes but they all have similar parts – and knowing the names of these parts will help you when it comes to identifying them. A magnifying glass will reveal the shape and structure of leaves, stems, buds, flowers and seeds and provide vital clues to let you name the flower you have found. A good wildflower field guide, a notebook to record your finds and a hand lens or magnifying glass are all you need to start discovering your local wildflowers.
One in five of our native wildflowers is endangered.
Bluebells: One of our greatest wildflower spectacles is a carpet of thousands of bluebells. Look out for this in woodlands during late April and May.
Common Poppy: Not many wildflowers will cause motorists to pull over and stop in amazement but a bright red field of poppies can. Look for poppy fields in June and July on farmland.
Foxglove: Foxgloves are sometimes over a metre high, with dozens of purple, tubular flowers which are irresistible to bees. Look for this spectacular wildflower in woodlands and on moors and heaths between June and August.
Daisy: A distinctive, small, low-growing wildflower, with a ring of white petals, sometimes tinged red or pink, surrounding a yellow, disc-like centre. Look out for daisies in short grassland such as lawns and school playing fields.
Primrose: One of the earliest wildflowers in Spring. Its pale yellow flowers each grow on a slender stalk. Look for primroses in March and April along hedgerows, on grassy banks and in woods.