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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map