Leaves. Stout stem with rather drawn up oblong basal leaves
Flowers. Dense cone consisting of from 10 to 40 flowers, sepals and side petals are gathered together to form a pointed "helmet" , a lilac colour outside and a veined purple colour inside. The central tongue finishes in two lobes separated by a tooth.
Flowering period. May - June
Soil type. Full sun with dry calcareous substrate.