Sheep's-bit on a wall, Scilly Islands
Close-up of flowers, corolla segments, stamen columns
Sepals shorter than corolla
Young hairy leaves
May to September
It is found mainly in the Northwest, the Southwest and parts of
East Anglia, the Southeast and the far South.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It grows on acid soils on heathland, sea-cliffs, older sand dunes,
marine turf, hedge banks and stone walls.
Sheep’s-bit is a native, hairy, scabious-like, biennial herb, growing
up to 50cm.
The flowers are in a flattened, spherical flowerhead up to 3.5cm.
Individual flowers are blue, 5-partite with spreading narrow lobes,
and up to 5mm.
Stamens form a column.
The 2 stigmas are short and stout.
Leaves are narrowly oblong, wavy, very hairy and up to 5cm.
The stems are often lying on the ground at the base (decumbent).
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