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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995


Flowers. Mar-July

Flower. The flowers and bracts are yellow, turning bright orange-red in early summer. The plant has hairless stems, often with small lateral umbels of flowers and non-flowering side-shoots.

Leaves. The stem leaves are narrow and linear, growing thickly on non-flowering shoots, like young pine trees. The upper leaves (bracts) are yellow-green, rounded or kidney shaped, and cup the flower clusters.

Habitat. Gassy and rocky ground, waste ground; likes calcareous soil. Rarely at sea level.