Lesser Butterfly Orchid | Platanthera bifolia

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)


Unveil the elegance of Lesser Butterfly-Orchid (Platanthera bifolia) at our wildflower nursery. Adorned with intricate, butterfly-shaped blooms, this perennial beauty thrives in well-drained soils. Its adaptability makes it a joy to cultivate, attracting pollinators and enhancing your garden with nature’s sophistication. Explore the allure of Lesser Butterfly-Orchid—a harmonious blend of grace and simplicity for your botanical haven.




Botanical Information: Lesser Butterfly Orchid

Say hello to the delightful Lesser Butterfly Orchid! This species is like a tiny ballet dancer in the world of flowers. With slender stems and delicate white or pale pink petals, it’s a natural beauty that stands about 15 to 30 centimetres (6 to 12 inches) tall. This orchid truly adds a touch of elegance to the plant kingdom.


Lesser Butterfly Orchid is a bit of a nature enthusiast, preferring to grow in specific habitats. You can find it in damp meadows, grasslands, and even in woodlands, especially in spots with well-drained soil. It’s like a flower that enjoys a mix of sunshine and shade, making it a versatile resident in various outdoor settings.

In the wild, spotting the Lesser Butterfly Orchid is like discovering a delicate gem hidden among the greenery.

Benefits to Wildlife

Now, let’s talk about how this orchid becomes a VIP (Very Important Plant) for wildlife. It’s a butterfly magnet! The delicate structure of the its flowers provides a perfect landing pad for butterflies, inviting them to feast on nectar. As butterflies visit, they unintentionally become flower matchmakers, helping the orchid in its reproduction process.

Bees are fans too! They buzz around, collecting nectar from the flowers and carrying pollen from one blossom to another. It’s like the Lesser Butterfly-Orchid throws a pollination party, ensuring the circle of life continues in the meadow.

Conservation Status in the UK

The Lesser Butterfly-Orchid is a species of interest when it comes to conservation. While it’s not on the endangered list, efforts are made to protect its habitats. Conservation initiatives often focus on maintaining the health of meadows and woodlands, recognizing that native plants like the Lesser Butterfly-Orchid contribute to the biodiversity of these environments.

By preserving these natural spaces, we indirectly support the well-being of the orchid and the diverse wildlife that relies on it.

Ease of Growing

Cultivating the elegance of Lesser Butterfly Orchid is a difficult but rewarding endeavour, given its moderate maintenance requirements. Planting in well-drained, humus-rich soil and providing adequate moisture during the growing season are key to its success. While it requires attention to its specific habitat preferences (woodlands and heathlands), the overall care demands are reasonable, making it an achievable addition for orchid enthusiasts at with a reasonable skill level.

This species is perennial, meaning they come back year after year, adding a consistent touch of beauty to your outdoor space. While they do best in their preferred conditions, they’re not overly demanding. With some attention to soil quality and sunlight, you’ll be hosting your very own orchid ballet in no time.


Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia) is a charming and accessible addition to the world of flowers. With its delicate appearance, wildlife benefits, and potential for cultivation, this orchid invites us to appreciate the beauty and grace found in nature. Whether admired in the wild or cultivated in a garden, this delicate plant adds a touch of elegance to the outdoors. Embrace the charm of this petite orchid, and let your garden dance with the magic of these captivating flowers.

More Information

Farm Advisory Service

First Nature

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Square Stemmed St Johns Wort | Hypericum tetrapterum

Species From the Same Habitat: Woodland

Cowslip | Primula veris

Cuckooflower | Cardemine pratensis

Dropwort | Filipendula vulgaris


Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Light levels

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Flowering Months



Soil moisture

Waterlogged, Wet




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