Flowers of Northamptonshire

A selection of the Flowering Plants to be found in Northamptonshire

Greater Stitchwort Stellaria holostea
Very common
Habitat: Woodland and hedgerows
Supported by surrounding plants as its thin stem cannot support itself

Red Campion Silene dioica
Very common
Habitat: Woodland and hedgerows


Winter Aconite Eranthis hyemalis
Locally common
Habitat: Woodland
Naturaslised from gardens, flowers very early
Delapre Abbey
Meadow Buttercup Ranunculus acris
Common
Habitat: Grassy places


Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria
Common
Habitat: Woodland, hedgerows and grassy places


Sweet Violet Viola odorata
Common
Habitat: Woodland and hedgerows
Flowers can be white or more rarely lilac, yellow or pink

Primrose Primula vulgaris
Very common
Habitat: Woodland

Fermyn wood, Salcey Forest
Lesser Periwinkle Vinca minor
Common
Habitat: Woodland and hedgerows
Flowers early in the year

Field Forgetmenot Myosotis arvensis
Common
Habitat: Disturbed shady ground


White Dead-nettle Lamium album
Common
Habitat: Disturbed hadgerows and wasteland


Teasel Dipsacus fullonum
Common
Habitat: Damp grassy places
River banks and gravel pits

Daisy Bellis perennis
Very common
Habitat: Short grassland


Ox-eye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare
Common
Habitat: Grassy places


Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara
Common
Habitat: Bare ground and wasteland
Flowers early in the year

Black Knapweed Centaurea nigra
Common
Habitat: Grassland
Can be found flowering in November during mild years

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale
Very common
Habitat: Grassland and wasteground


Bluebell Hyacinthoides nonscripta
Locally common
Habitat: Woodland

Short Wood, Salcey Forest
Lords and Ladies Arum maculatum
Common
Habitat: Woodland and hedgerows


Early Purple Orchid Orchis mascula
Locally common
Habitat: Woodland, hedgerows and grassland


Pyramid Orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis
Locally uncommon
Habitat: Chalk grassland

Collyweston Delphs
Common Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Common
Habitat: Grassy places and scrubland
Embankments along disused railway lines are ideal

Man Orchid Aceras anthropophorum
Locally rare
Habitat: Chalk grassland