Red Bartsia (Odontites vernus)

Red Bartsia is a member of the Broomrape family, and has the family habit of taking nourishment from the roots of grasses, making it partially parasitic.  It is a good pollinator plant, used by many insects and grows on dry grassland, field margins and disturbed waste ground. If you feel the stems of this pretty annual, you will find them slightly square, rather similar to Figwort. It flowers from July to October.

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