Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Sherkin Island, Cork

Arctic Eyebright
Euphrasia arctica ssp. borealis
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Flowering time: June-August. Semi-parasitic annual. Native.

Flowers with white-lilac upper and lower lips.
Upward-curving branches, nearly equal to stem. Sharp-toothed bracts
and leaves, leaves with short glands. Upper half of plant more/less
glandular-hairy. Robust plant. Very variable.

Grassland, roadsides, often acidic. Damper habitats than E. nemorosa.
Widespread, but most frequent W, N, central Ireland.
Identification by Alan Silverside.

Photographs above: August 2007 Sherkin Island, Co.Cork.

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