Marsh Woundwort - Stachys palustris


Medium to tall, hairy, faintly aromatic plant to 2 metres, stems erect. Leaves oblong to lanceolate with a heart shaped base, blunt toothed, only the lower stalked, the upper unstalked. Flowers purple, 12 to 15 mm long, the whorls forming a dense spike interrupted below.

Identification difficulty

Damp habitats, margins of ponds, rivers and canals, but also on disturbed ground and cultivated fields.

When to see it

June to October.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout most of Britain except for the Scottish Highlands.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 63 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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