Wildflower Families identification guide

Botanists have organised the plant world into 'families'. Some of the most commonly-encountered wildflower families are listed here, with links to pages of species pictures and more information.

Daisy
family
Bellis perennis
Asteraceae
Carrot
family
Daucus carota
Apiaceae
Cabbage
family
Cakile maritima
Brassicaceae
Borage
family
Borago officinalis
Boraginaceae
Pinks
family
Silene latifolia
Caryophyllaceae
Pea
family
Lotus corniculatus
Fabaceae
Geranium
family
Geranium sanguineum
Geraniaceae
Mint
family
Mentha aquatica
Lamiaceae
Orchid
family
Ophrys apifera
Orchidaceae
Broomrape
family
Orobanchaceae elatior
Orobanchaceae
Poppy
family
Papaver rhoeas
Papaveraceae
Plantain
family
Digitalis purpurea
Plantaginaceae
Leadwort
family
Armeria maritima
Plumbaginaceae
Primrose
family
Primula vulgaris
Primulaceae
Buttercup
family
Ranunculus fluitans
Ranunculaceae
Rose
family
Rosa canina
Rosaceae
Saxifrage
family
Saxifraga stellaris
Saxifragaceae
Figwort
family
Scrophularia auriculata
Scrophulariaceae

See also our extensive section dedicated to the orchid family and, in particular, Wild Orchids of Britain and Europe...

Also on this website there is also a detailed discussion of the Nature and Biology of Orchids...