Abundant in marshes, pastures, and hedgerows, this little plant is quite unfussy about where it grows and even brightens up many a bog when it flowers from June to October. It's a medium sized perennial with untoothed, deep green, blotchy, oval shaped leaves. Its pretty hemispherical flowerheads are blue-violet, 25mm across with prominent magenta anthers and on long slender stalks. This is a native plant belonging to the family Dipsaceae.
I first identified this plant in Rath, Co Kerry in 1977 and photographed it in Glenmalure, Co Wicklow in 2006.
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