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

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


Once regarded as a cure for toothache

An important nectar source for wild bees

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Tony Gunton