Yellow-wort grows from ten to fifty centimetres, (four to twenty inches), tall with stiff, branching stems. The leaves are glaucous, opposite and entire, the upper ones perfoliate, being united at the base. It bears terminal cymes of bright yellow, stalked flowers, 1–1.5 cm across. The calyx is deeply divided into 6–10 linear lobes or sepals, spirally arranged, free or nearly free from each other at the base and shorter than the corolla. The petals number six to ten and form a short tube. There are six to ten adherent stamens and a two-lobed stigma.
This species is found in chalk or limestone turf and on dunes. It flowers from June to October in Britain where it is widespread but not common. Pathogens affecting B. perfoliata include Peronospora chlorae.
- "Blackstonia perfoliata – (L.)Huds". Plants for a future.
- McClintock D. and Fitter, R. The Pocket Guide to Wildflowers. Collins (1956)
- Hall, G., "Peronospora chlorae", IMI Descriptions of Fungi and Bacteria
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