Eyebright Euphrasia

A tiny white wildflower thats worth a closer look.

Although each bloom is only 5 to 10mm in size, the eyebright is a beauty in miniature, with distinctive lobed petals and often, a bright yellow centre. Its leaves are toothed (see image, right).There are many individual species of eyebright, however due to their similarity they are often difficult to distinguish.

Distribution

Found across the UK.

Habitat

Eyebrights are often found growing amidst grasses. They are commonly found on heaths and meadows.

Best time to see

When in bloom, from June to September.

Did you know?

Eyebrights are semi-parasitic. By attaching themselves to the roots of other plants they steal some of their nutrients.