Wildflower Hour

About Wild Flower Hour

In August 2015, #wildflowerhour was set up with the express purpose of flooding the internet with wild flowers every Sunday from 8 to 9pm. Gardening blog Fennel & Fern asked BSBI to help promote #wildflowerhour and word soon spread. Two years on...

Hundreds of people take part every Sunday, from seasoned botanists who've photographed rare plants in far-flung parts of Britain and Ireland, to anyone who's spotted a nice wildflower locally and want to know what it is.

We all help each other with identification, share any links or resources we know of and pass on our favourite ID tips.

#wildflowerhour trends on Twitter every Sunday - usually around 1000 tweets are shared between 8 and 9pm; almost as many again come in throughout the week.

The Fennel & Fern blog has now been rebranded as #wildflowerhour - more here

How to take part

Every Sunday 8-9pm, we all share photographs of wild plants we've spotted in bloom across Britain & Ireland during the previous week.

It's ok if you're not sure what your wildflower is - we all help each other with identification.

Don't forget to use the hashtag #wildflowerhour and click on the link to see what other people have shared via Twitter.

You can also follow Wildflower Hour posts on Facebook or on Instagram. 

Next steps

If you like #wildflowerhour and want to start doing a bit more plant-spotting, check out our 16 Helpful Hints for Getting Started in botany here

Find out what's going on in your area here.

Here are our distribution maps of all the plants recorded in the wild in Britain and Ireland. 

Click here and type in a plant name to generate a map of where your plant has been recorded over the decades.

You'll need to know the scientific name of the plant - if you don't, type the common name into our Online Plant Atlas for more info, photos and the scientific name.    

For more experienced botanists, check out our Identification and Resources pages.

Email us and let us know how you get on!