Name: Early Purple Orchid
Scientific name: Orchis mascula
Nature Stars: 60
About: Flowering April to June, this orchid is often found in habitats with rich soils such as hedge banks, woodland and open grassland.
How to identify: Look up to 50 dark purple flowers on a tall spike.
Where: Widespread and common through the UK.
Fantastic fact: The plant gives of a strong, unplesant smell - a bit like cat pee - when the flower have been fertilised.
Photograph credit: Philip Precey