Stems red, with short reflexed hairs. Leaves 4.5 cm long, ovate, ciliate. Spikes loose. Bracts 3-4 mm long, ovate, purple; corolla tube 5 mm long, lower lip 3-lobed, 3 mm long; upper lip shortly 2-lobed. Stamens just included in corolla tube, filaments to 5 mm long.
Close to O. laevigatum but lips of corolla more like O. vulgare.