Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Front page and Index


I took this photo in 2012 and typical of what you expect of a atrorubens photo: B.Yorke  (Click over to enlarge)

"Flowers of a purple colour (both petal and sepal), flowers to two sides of the stem only, a purple stem, leaves opposite one another and at a sharp upright angle etc etc.  But things don't always turn out like that! so please carry on and read these pages and then you may (or may not find) norm even MORE fascinating" One thing is for sure IT IS A EVER CHANGING STORY.......OF BOTH DEVELOPMENT AND INTRIGUE.

These pages have been started to share with you my research notes together with regular reports of what is happening with the beautiful plants the "EPIPACTIS ATRORUBENS" and E. Helleborine's which choose to have their home on at Hutton Roof Crags. I am currently collating all the information and including much more on a regular basis (more so during the Orchid season itself, so please keep coming back to check us out.   

It is such a pleasure to share with you photos and information and should you wish to contact me with questions or anything else please don't hesitate my email address is:  epipactisatrorubens@gmail.com


Please click over the indexed items below (shown in red) to go straight to what you want to read or just scroll down if that's what you prefer.

Hutton Roof Crags and it's Reserves - A Short history how it got it's status - together with how many orchids do we have  

Help with the Identification of our nationally rare "hybrid" between the Dark Red Helleborine and  the Broad Leaved Helleborine

The hybrid examples


Bicolor Lemon-Petalled Atroruben varieties (at least 2 varieties)


Lutescens/Albiflora (A pallid form of atrorubens) (complete)

Pallens and Lutescens (pallid forms of atrorubens) (complete)

Plants with White or Cream Epichile/Boss etc


The four natural predators of our orchids  (complete)

***Beware of Ticks (factsheets)

Lovely Plants - Straight Atrorubens

Interesting plants to get to the bottom of

Unanswered situations
Interesting unusual specimens
Specimens still not classified and the verdict is out!

Cages and Protection for Orchids

Early Purple Orchid - Gallery (Hutton Roof)

Fly Orchid - Gallery (Hutton Roof)

Common Spotted Orchid - Gallery (Hutton Roof)

Green Winged Orchid - Gallery (Silverdale)

Interesting Orchid Notes 

Diary Pages 2017

Diary Pages 2018

Diary Pages 2019 

Diary Pages 2020


My beloved Hutton Roof,
A special place for Epipactis and a place where
The straight forward has become the rarity
And the rarity has become the norm.

Rubens or Borines which do you want?
A Schmalhauseneii mix for you Sir!
Today can be the purple wash,
Tomorrow can be the green wash.

But we have some green ovary specials,
With a brownier flower to bear and stare,
Called No.9, 9a,9b,9c and so on and on and on
And away until they are gone!

We have some Lemon Petalled beauties,
Small, mediums and largest and blessed,
Green stems or purple stems we have the mix,
Stunning our pupil since 2014 that’s young

What about a Palens Ma’am,
In Lutescens mix or you can have a green cream flavour,
Both are staring “wimperley” but this is only part
Of a start of something far more special.

Here we have the very first on English soil I am told,
Called “Albiflora” and what a little gem it was
It lacks a lot of colour dear “Albi” green and  white,
I even looked through transparency at some of its sight!

Make a path to the bottom of this hill
Where flowers of purpurea live out their days,
It’s a sort of red wine colour they display some years,
Darker with canopy, lighter with sun.

To my North I can see a Helleborine change
Which is so pale and bright!
Often called a special or by name
Viridiflora’s sight.

(Poem I wrote July 2016)

Active Diary pages covering the 2021 Season from 24th May 2021 to )


15th June 2021 - Hutton Roof

Today made a new cage for 15d and went up to fix it which all went well. Also spent time changing around and refixing some of the cages for added protection to the vunerable

A special super large cage made up in readiness for a super large plant eg: 15d (Epipactis schmalhauseneii- hybrid)

In situ on site

A closer look!

This area holds some beauties and here caged is a almost replica to 11a although some 200 yards further east

(above) fixing cage to the variagated helleborine.

14th June 2021 Hutton Roof.

Everything is coming along nicely and almost everything present and correct. Here are a few photos to show the progress of some of the "stars".

(above) Escarp 13 - Strong Bicolor
14th June 2021

(above) Escarp 13 - Bicolor
10th July 2017

(above)15d Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid)
Photo: 14th June 2021

The above is the fabulous 15d Epipactis schmalhauseneii hybrid which first showed in 2017 and had a very impressive inflorescence with a record of no less than 62 flowers (see photo below) and looking at it today may well follow on the same. Eventually in 2017 was predated, 2018 came through but very stunted, 2019 No show, 2020, taken down by Hare in early growth. (see photo here from 2017)

(Above - Showing photo of 15d from 2017)

(above) shows 15a,15b and 15c
Epipactis schmalhauseneii - hybrids
Photo: 14th June 2021.
(To see them in full bloom see below)

(above) Photo: 20th July 2014
Shows both 15a and 15b (before 15c and 15d came along)
I have histories for these from 2014. They came through in most years but went missing in 2020 so its great to see them coming through again this year. 

Above shows "Dark Stemmed Helleborine (for now!)" SW7 
photo taken 14th June 2021

Dark stemmed helleborine which is named SW7 and alongside you see the regular helleborine, this pair are very interesting. Only discovered last year (2020). Check out last years photo below:

(above) SW7 seen last year
Photo: July 2021

(above) is the beautiful 40's atroruben - Bicolor
I have histories from 2014 and in most years it suffers one way or another.
The following photo shows them at their best

Epipactis atrorubens - bicolor
(above) shows 40 and 40a from 2014 and 2017

(above) is the variegated "Helleborine" from yesterday (14th June 2021).  The variagation is still holding out within the plant, just as strong. Maybe one day we will see it again in it's former glory, just like the photo below

(above) shows Helleborine "variagated" from July 2016

(above) shows Helleborine "variagated" from July 2016

(below) Other fabulous specimens now on their way!

24th May 2021 Hutton Roof.

Did a full check up today, the only atroruben type plants showing were plants of high vigour and which included one or two hybrids or very strong atrorubens.  Strangely the helleborines were lagging (in my opinion) and these are as a rule the very first to show in regards to emergence shoots. 

This one above is a member of the 15 family and is already strong which I would expect from a hybrid.


strong hybrid

Regular atrorubens

Family 33

Regular atrorubens

PMG - Hybrid