Broad leaf helleborine

Broad-leaved helleborine - Epipactis helleborine

Epipactis helleborine
Orchidaceae (orchid family)

Life cycle



Alternate, parallel veined, sessile and clasp at the stem. 


Green to purple and covered in fine hairs.

Flowers and fruit

Flowers are bilaterally symmetrical and are greenish-white with a violet tint. Fruit are capsules that are egg-shaped to ellipsoid and generally hairy. They are filled with hundreds of minute seeds.


Spread is primarily from new plants emerging from rhizomes. Several stems may develop from the same rootstock. Broad-leaf helleborine also reproduces via minuscule seeds, similar to other orchid species.


More information & control options

Broad-leaved hellborine shoot 3
Broad-leaved helleborine (Epipactis helleborine).
Broad-leaved helleborine shoot
Shoot of helleborine.
Broad-leaved helleboirne root/rhizome
Fleshy root/rhizome of helleborine
Broadleaf helleborine flower Aug2020 ECH (2)
Broad-leaved helleborine flower

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