Red Bartsia - Odontites vernus


Usually under 30 cm tall, hairy and often purplish. Stems are fairly erect and often squarish. Flowers reddish pink 8 to 10 mm long, The lower lip somewhat deflexed, the anthers often protruding.

Identification difficulty

Meadows, scrub, roadsides, field boundaries and waste places.

When to see it

July to October.

Life History

Annual - often common where found.

UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 208 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map