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This plant grows to a height of 20 to 50 cm with a robust stem with oblong basal leaves. The inflorescence forms a purplish dense cone consisting of from 10 to 40 flowers. In each flower the sepals and side petals are gathered together to form a pointed "helmet" (hence its name), a lilac colour outside and a veined purple colour inside. The central tongue finishes in two lobes separated by a tooth.
Oude spoorweg - Vaarttaluds – Braebos (Belgium).