An attractive, spreading annual wildflower found growing on heaths, hills and scrub, this wildflower has yellow, occasionally pinky-purple, tubular flowers (15-20mm long) which are arranged in pairs, all facing the same direction. The corolla is somewhat flattened, has two lips the upper of which is entire, the lower being 3-lobed and the flower is almost closed over. The pairs of flowers arise from the axils of toothy leaved bracts and they are on flower from May to September. The leaves of this plant are lanceolate, untoothed and unstalked. This is a native plant belonging to the familyOrobanchaceae.
I first identified this plant in 1976 at Trooperstown, Co Wicklow and photographed it at Ballyryan, Co Clare in 2006.
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