Belongs to: figwort family

Red bartsia Odontites verna

Best time to see: Jun to mid Sep

Key facts

An annual with reddish leaves and spikes of pink-purple flowers in summer, an important nectar source for wild bees

Likes bare and disturbed ground, so comes up along woodland rides and beside paths

Like its relative, yellow rattle, it is semi-parasitic on the roots of grasses

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Tony Gunton