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Round-headed rampion

(Phyteuma orbiculare )

Round-headed rampion © Cath Shellswell/Plantlife

Round-headed rampion © Cath Shellswell/Plantlife


A deep blue, almost purple wildflower that is not as it seems: each head, rather than being a single bloom, is actually a collection of smaller ones, huddled together. Close up it looks rather like a sea anemone about to curl around an unlucky fly.

Habitat

Chalk grassland.

Best time to see

Flowers from July to August.

County flower of Sussex.

Known as the Pride of Sussex, the ‘sharp-blue' flowers are more common on the South Downs than anywhere else.