Upright hairless perennial, reddish-purple flower spike growing on grassland wayside.
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This one seems to be causing some confusion. The leaves look like Lythrum salicaria and not like the scalloped leaves of Betonica officinalis. The flowers are a bit fuzzy, can't really see the shape. The description of a basal rosette does belong to B. officinalis, though. Anyone care to comment on why they chose to agree with one or the other choices?
The flowers are quite clear on my computer. The basal rosette is heresay so does not really count when assessing the photo which is clearly Lythrum. Much too tall and narrow for Stachys.
Lat/Lng: 55.31805, -1.55174
OS grid ref: NU285027
Hauxley NNR in dune system on Amble coast, Northumberland. Other habitats include farmland, freshwater lagoons and woodland.