Red Bartsia is a native annual growing 15-40 cm in height and flowers from August into October. The small unobtrusive flowers belie how important this species is for bumble-bee conservation and it is a fundamental component of nearly all sites where the nationally scarce Shrill Carder Bee is now found.
|Wildlife Value Rating|
|Provenance||VC41 Glamorgan (Swansea, Neath Port Talbot) & VC44 Carmarthenshire|
|Habitats and Growing Advice||An annual root-hemiparasite of short, typically grazed, grasslands, tracks, road verges, pathways, brownfield sites and saltmarshes. Sometimes occurs in abundance on reseeded grass slopes. Succeeds in a variety of soils, where its semi-parasitic habit reveals associations with various species of grass, Red Clover and Plantains. The flowers are especially attractive to bumblebees and it is a key forage plant two BAP species; the Shrill Carder-bee and Brown-banded Carder-bee.|
|Associations||The 'Biological Records Centre’s' website lists the following numbers of foodplant associates for Red Bartsia: flies (1), sawflies, wasps and bees (1), and moths (2).|