Photos: Ballingeary, Co.Cork
Sheeps-bit / Sheeps Scabious
Terminal heads of stalked bright blue flowers. Surrounded by toothed green bracts. Fruit capsules with several seeds. Leafy flower stems, lower often branched. Leaves spoon-shaped or lanceolate, undulate, hairy. Lower leaves in basal rosettes. Erect or sprawling growth habit. Height: 5-40cm.
Rocky, sandy ground. Dunes, cliffs, heaths, dry grassland.
Frequent except central Ireland.
Immediately above: Sheeps-bit. Ardmore, Co.Waterford. May 2008