Pyramidal orchid

Pyramidal Orchid

©Paul Lane

Pyramidal Orchid

©Brett Lewis/2020VISION

Marbled White on Pyramidal Orchid

Marbled White on Pyramidal Orchid ©Guy Edwardes/2020VISION

Pyramidal orchid

Scientific name: Anacamptis pyramidalis
The Pyramidal orchid lives up to its name - look for a bright pinky-purple, densely packed pyramid of flowers atop a green stem. It likes chalk grassland, sand dunes, roadside verges and quarries.

Species information


Height: up to 55cm

Conservation status


When to see

June to July


The Pyramidal orchid is a small orchid that lives up to its name - its pink flower spike forms a pyramidal shape. It grows on chalk grassland, coastal habitats, scrub, roadside verges, old quarries and railway embankments. It flowers in June and July, its densely packed flower spike holding up to 100 flowers.
It attracts a range of butterflies and moths.

How to identify

The Pyramidal orchid displays bright pink flowers in a dense, pyramid-shaped cluster at the top of its stem. It has long, narrow and pointed leaves.


Widespread in England Wales, but scarcer in Scotland.

Did you know?

Orchid seeds do not store enough food to grow on their own, so they team up with a mat-forming fungus in the soil. In turn, the orchid’s roots protect the fungus.

How people can help

The Wildlife Trusts work closely with farmers and landowners to ensure that our wildlife is protected and to promote wildlife-friendly practices. By working together, we can create Living Landscapes: networks of habitats stretching across town and country that allow wildlife to move about freely and people to enjoy the benefits of nature. Support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.