Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #64 Red Bartsia

Bradlaugh Fields - Red Bartsia - Odontites vernus

Although this plant has been flowering for a month or two already, it’s about this time of year that Red Bartsia starts to become conspicuous, especially in trodden-down areas and by the side of paths and trackways. More pink than red, it is like its cousin Yellow Rattle in the shape of its flowers and neat, pointy leaves, as well as in the fact that it parasitises the roots of grasses and reduces their vigour. It is a larval foodplant for the Barred Rivulet moth.

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