The green parts of this plant’s stems are covered densely with amazing little red hairs, each hair having a bulbous base. It is a tall, graceful and quite striking biennial plant which grows in quarries, on roadsides and on sandy soil. It can reach 180 cm high, bearing stunning yellow 4-petalled flowers (6-8 cm across) in erect clusters from June to September. The style is longer than the filaments and the sepals are red-striped, narrow and twisted into a yellowish point. As the flower fades, the sepals fall back. The elliptic, wavy-edged leaves are often twisted. This is not a native plant and it belongs to the Onagraceae family.
I first recorded and photographed this plant at Wellingtonbridge, County Wexford in 2011.
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