Hedge Woundwort - Stachys sylvatica

Description

Medium to tall creeping plant to 1.2 metres with a rather unpleasant smell, stems erect, glandular hairy. Leaves heart shaped, slightly hairy, all stalked. Flowers dull dark purple red, with white markings, 13 to 18 mm long, hairy, the whorls forming an interrupted spike.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Hedgerows banks and ditches.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History

Perennial.

UK Status

Common throughout most of Britain except for the Scottish Highlands.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 601 of the 617 tetrads.

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

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