Stems to 70 cm, hairless. Leaves to 3 cm long; young leaves purple beneath; spikes 2 cm, bracts 5-6 mm, lanceolate, overlapping, green, tinged purple. Corolla purple, tube 6 mm, lower lip about 3 mm long. Stamens just protruding. Spikes more compact than other cultivars in this group.
Probably a selection of O. vulgare subsp. gracile [O. tytthanthum] or a hybrid with O. laevigatum.
Introduced by David Hopley of Hopley's Nursery, UK, c. 1980.