SHEEP'S-BIT

Jasione montana

Bellflower Family [Campanulaceae]  

month8May month8jun month8june month8jul month8july month8Aug month8sep month8sept

status
statusZnative
flower
flower8azure
inner
inner8green
morph
morph8hemizygo
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZclustered
stem
stem8round
stem
stem8square

20th June 2008, Peel Castle, IoM.
Photo: © RWD
Sheep's-bit amongst Cat's-ear, Thrift and English Stonecrop.


20th June 2008, Peel Castle, IoM. Date, place, where Photo: © RWD
It seems to have a (ridged) square stem, that is also round in places. Strange that no other book refers to this.


20th June 2008, Peel Castle, IoM. Photo: © RWD
A sun-reddened plant. Stem very hairy.


22nd Aug 2007, Penmaen Mawr, Llanfairfechan, North Wales. Photo: © RWD


22nd Aug 2007, Penmaen Mawr, Llanfairfechan, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Leaves hairy too.


8th June 2007, Greenside Mines, Glenridding, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Un-opened florets. The green triangular sepals also have hairs.


22nd Aug 2007, Penmaen Mawr, Llanfairfechan, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
When the florets open, the five petals are of un-equal length.


8th June 2007, Greenside Mines, Glenridding, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD


8th June 2007, Greenside Mines, Glenridding, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD


22nd Aug 2007, Penmaen Mawr, Llanfairfechan, North Wales. Photo: © RWD


22nd Aug 2007, Penmaen Mawr, Llanfairfechan, North Wales. Photo: © RWD


22nd Aug 2007, Penmaen Mawr, Llanfairfechan, North Wales. Photo: © RWD


Superficial resemblance to : several Scabious flowers (Devil's-bit Scabious, Field Scabious and Small Scabious), not least in name. They also have much the same colour. However, Sheep's-bit belongs to the Bellflower family whereas the Scabious flowers belong to the Teasel Family.

Distinguishing Feature : When in flower, a mass of short narrow ribbon-like azure or sky-blue petals sticking out in a hemi-sphere like a pin-cushion.

The stem appears to be both square with ridges near the single flower-head and round where the lower stem leaves are.


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Distribution
family8Bellflower family8Campanulaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Jasione
Jasione
(Sheep's-bit)

SHEEP'S-BIT

Jasione montana

Bellflower Family [Campanulaceae]  

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