Red Bartsia

This one is a proper wildflower. It is in flower everywhere at the moment so keep your eyes open for it.

Red Bartsia, Odontites vernus is partly parasitic. It draws nourishment from it’s own roots but also takes nutrients from the roots of nearby grasses.
Red Bartsia

French Crane's-bill

French Crane's-bill

French Crane's-bill

French Crane's-bill

French Crane's-bill

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8 thoughts on “Red Bartsia”

  1. I believe yellow rattle is also parasitic. In an area of meadow at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, the grasses where the yellow rattle grows are much shorter than the patch of meadow next to it where there is no yellow rattle.

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    1. Thanks Joyce 🙂 These parasitic plants are fascinating. I have just been reading that encouraging Yellow Rattle in hay meadows increases biodiversity by restricting the grass growth and allowing other plants to flourish.

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