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I have lived at the same address for a few years now and this is the first time I have seen this plant in my garden. I think it's an orchid. Does anybody know its name? 


'Fraid it's not an orchid.  More like a violet, but difficult to tell.


I agree - wild violet.  We get lots of them - unfortunately don't seem to have the famous violet scent to go with them


Looks very like one of my favourite violets Viola sororia 'Freckles' - I wonder if it's a cross between Freckles and a more ordinary violet - perhaps only grown big enough to flower this  year 





Yes, it's gorgeous - I grew it in my last garden - I've kicked myself many times for not bringing it with me   Brendan Jones' picture shows some darker freckles, but the overall colour is too violet - that's why I suggested it might be a cross. 

Thank you.

I feel slightly silly for thinking/ hoping it was an orchid. 

I'm not sure why my photo is so blured. I shall upload a crisper image. 

I have been feeding wild seeds to the birds over winter. Do you think it may have come from them? 


I think that's unlikely - it's something that's been lurking, probably not been big enough to flower until this year   It's lovely 


I took some pics of some os our native orchids at Westonbirt Arboretum last year.  I'

'll see if that helps.





I thought at first it looked like a vinca but reading other replies it does indeed look more like a Wood violet or viola. It's very pretty Brendan.

otnorot but just call me Bill

That sure looks like a a wild violet which we have oh so many.It cant be an orchid as those are not orchid leaves.

Silver surfer

otnorot, I think you pic is of a native USA Violet. Not one from UK.

It is Viola papilionacea I think.

Your pic appears to be from this web site and pics are subject to copyright and can only be posted without permission.



Ss, oh don't be so stuffy, he/she is not selling the photo!



The picture has an accreditation on it, so no problem as far as I can see 


Besides, I think you meant to say "can only be posted with permission! " not 'without' LOL 

Silver surfer

Ooops!.Thank you Dovefromabove....Yes I did mean "with" permission!

SwissSue. Sorry to appear stuffy.

Photos on www  can be "borrowed" and moved from site to site, where someone might wish to sell it.

I just try to respect the rules.

 Pictures belong to the person that took them. Even when that pic does not have a copyright signature.

The only pics that should be added  to forums such as this, are ones you have taken or ones which you have had permission to add.

Ones from wiki... wiki common pics, can also be added.

All other pics must be added as a link.

I am on several forums.

One  forum was told it would be closed down if members continued to add pic stolen  from the internet.

It is very strictly monitored by the moderators.





I forgot to say native orchids in flower are usually seen end of June in south of England.  It is useful to say whereabouts your garden is and when the picture was taken when you wish a plant identified, as well as a pic of flower and leaves.



Here are native violets last week in the Bristol University botanic Garden by some primroses which like the same conditions.


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