Hedge Woundwort - Stachys sylvatica


    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

    Hedgerows banks and ditches.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History


    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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