Common cow-wheat Melampyrum pratense

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The pretty little pale yellow flowers look rather like they are trying to fly using the two perpendicular leaves as wings.

The flowers appear along the length of the stem always in pairs and accompanied by two leaves.

Common cow-wheat is semi-parasitic as it attaches to the roots of other plants in order to feed.


Grows throughout Britain but is rarer in the East of England.


Can be found growing in woodland, heaths and upland moors

Did you know?

In times gone by it was thought this plant ensured pregnant women would give birth to a boy.