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Stachys ?

Observed: 11th August 2012 By: Beagle
Friends of Childwall Woods and FieldsMerseyside BioBankThe Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and
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Stachys
Description:

Upright hairless perennial, reddish-purple flower spike growing on grassland wayside.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which purple loosestrife interacts

Comments

landgirl's picture

ID

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?

cicuta58's picture

Flowers

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.

cicuta58