This is one of our most exciting native wild flowers. It is not particularly rare and at Pleasley Pit Country Park it grows in great numbers. It likes dry scrubby grassland and will only grow on lime rich soil.
Orchids are found on the orchid patches near the sometimes bare and rocky magnesium limestone outcrops.
Other species at the site include Common Twayblade.Southern Marsh and Common Spotted and Bee Orchid and their hybrids grow in their hundreds spreading through grasslands to the pool margin. There are a few examples of the rare Fragrant Orchid and Pyramidal Orchid.
Germination of orchid seeds only takes place when Rhizoctania fungus is also present and is essential for supplying food elements to the orchid

The lower flower patch, new species include Musk Mallow Malva mochata, Ladies Bedstraw Galium verum, Square Stemmed Willowherb Epilobium tetragonium

In grasslands we have sown Ragged Robin, Field and Devils bit Scabious, Common Fleabane, Rough Hawksbit, Meadow Cranesbill, Sneezwort and Kidney Vetch. There are very different habitats in the park. The highest ground is bare pit waste with a collection of pools. Flora here is mainly Needle Rush, Sedges and some Hawkweed

 Yellow - wort and Common Centuary thrive all over the site, these are two members of the Gentianaceae family, few of which flower in the UK.
Viper's Bugloss grows beside the Bird Hide, also a rare plant in this region. Marjoram grows on top of the Hide and on the orchid patches, which is again a very important food and nectar plant for the many species of butterfly, moths and insects found on the site.