Gypsywort - Lycopus europaeus

    Alternative names

    Medium to tall slightly hairy plant, not aromatic. Leaves oval to elliptical, pinnately lobed at the base, toothed and mostly stalked. Flowers small, white 4 mm, in dense whorls at the base of the uppermost leaves. Stamens 2, protruding.

    Identification difficulty

    Wet places, especially canal and river banks, stream sides etc.

    When to see it

    July to September

    Life History


    UK Status

    Quite common in Britain, though less so in the north-west.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 148 of the 617 tetrads.

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