This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol5-6", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
The habitat of this plant is waste ground. The habit is erect. The stem is stout, hair)-, downy. The leaves are oval, stalked. The flowers are in terminal, large, dense, compound or axillary spikes, the upper grouped in large, dense, terminal spikes. The bracts are awl-like, longer than the calyx. The flowers are 5-lobed. There are 5 stamens. The plant is 1-2 ft. in height, flowering from July to September, and is a herbaceous annual.
The habitat of this plant is waste places near towns. The habit is prostrate. The stem is smooth, spreading. The leaves are oblong, ovate, long-stalked. The flowers are 3-fid, very small, in small, axillary, lateral clusters, the upper in a small, naked spike. There are 3 stamens. The plant is 1-2 ft. high, flowering from July to September, and is a herbaceous annual.