Bifid Hemp-nettle - Galeopsis bifida

    Description

    Short to medium plant stem with conspicuous dense spreading hairs and swollen at the leaf-junctions. Flower 12 to 15 mm long the lowest lobe of the flower is clearly notched, somewhat convex. Usually white with purplish markings. Hybridises with G. tetrahit, making definite identification of this species difficult.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Cultivated or recently disturbed ground.

    When to see it

    July to October.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Found throughout Britain but less common than Galeopsis tetrahit.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce, but probably overlooked, in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 26 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map