Go wild for flowers at Wicken Fen

A riot of colour breaks out across the Fen as wild flowers take centre stage. Here are our top wild flowers to spot at Wicken Fen.

Look out for the rare marsh pea, purple and yellow loosestrife, marsh thistle, ragged robin and early southern marsh orchids.

The pink flowering ragged robin
The pink flowering ragged robin
The pink flowering ragged robin

How to spot wild flowers 

Identifying flowers can be a challenge so our rangers will be out and about placing information boards around the boardwalk to help you identify the various species as they come into flower.

To give you even greater access to this wild flower spectacle, the summer trail around the edge of Sedge Fen will be open.  Having rested these paths over the winter and early spring months the important fen flora has had a chance to recover. 

Yellow flag iris
Yellow flag iris
Yellow flag iris

Not just a pretty flower

Besides their beautiful flowers many plants found on the Fen have traditional medicinal uses or were even used to help a maiden choose a husband.

  • Roman soldiers were said to place the leaves of the silverweed (sometimes called ‘Travellers Joy’) in their boots to prevent sore feet on their long marches.

  • The Pied Piper of Hamlin is said to have placed crushed leaves of the marsh valerian on his boots, which cats and rats find irresistible, to persuade the rats to follow him out of the city.

  • While young maidens were said to name ragged robin plants after local boys, with the one that flowered first being the man they should marry.

Rare Marsh Pea
Rare Marsh Pea
Rare Marsh Pea

Come for a wild flower wander

If identifying plants is new to you, ask one of our rangers for the best places to spot them.

The Fen Cottage is also open every day, and the cottage garden is feast of flowers over the coming months.