Irish wildflowers

Circaea lutetiana
Family: Onagraceae

Flowering time: May - August. Perennial. Native.

Leafless spikes of small white flowers, sometimes tinged pink.
Flower stalks with glandular hairs. Bristly, drooping, 2-seeded fruit.
Oval to heart-shaped pointed leaves, slightly downy.
Erect stems, creeping rootstock. Height: 20-50 cm

Shady roadsides, woods, hedgerows. Prefers base-rich soils.
No relation to the true Nightshades.

Photographs above: July 2007, Macroom, Co.Cork.

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