Red Bartsia

Odontites vernus

Common Name:
Red Bartsia
Scientific Name:
Odontites vernus
Rank:
Dicots
Division:
Flowering Plants
Family (Vernacular):
figwort family
Family (Scientific):
Scrophulariaceae
Longevity:
Annual
Status1:
Native
Soil Moisture:
Dry-Damp
Star Rating:
Flowering:
Aug - Oct
Height:
15 - 35cm

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Species Description

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.

Habitat 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.