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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map