Also known as 'Heal All' and 'Ceannbhán beag', this low-growing (to 20cm) little perennial of bare and grassy places is widespread throughout Ireland. Generally hairy with creeping stems and paired oval leaves, it bears its blue-violet flowers (10-15mm long) in short, dense, cylindrical whorls which have purplish bracts and calyx teeth. The individual little tubular flowers (12mm) have two-lobes, the upper concave, the lower flat and three-lobed. This is a plant beloved by bees and moths, is native to Ireland and belongs to the family Lamiacae.
I first identified this plant in 1973 at Cleggan, Co Galway and photographed it in 2005 in Gibletstown. Later in 2009 I came across the more rarely found white and pink blooms (pictured below) near Tullycanna, Co Wexford. They were growing alongside the violet variety.
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