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Crested Cow-wheat

Crested Cow-Wheat Melampyrum cristatum

This lovely wildflower is found in grassland and is semi-parasitic on other plants. It is now very rare in the UK, being confined to East Anglia. It has densely-packed flower heads with toothed bracts which are deep rose-purple in colour and purple and yellow flowers. Image: Natural England / Neil Pike (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, First NatureOnline Atlas of the British and Irish Flora