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Stachys sylvatica




Common Name(s):   Hedge Woundwort
Scientific Name:   Stachys sylvatica

Growing in hedgerows, woodlands and roadside verges, Hedge Woundwort, or Stachys sylvatica, is a common, perhaps unremarkable plant with one defining feature - its unpleasant and astringent smell. This smell is particularly apparent when the plant is crushed. Magenta flowers appear between June and October and are pollinated by bees. Once the seed is dispersed, the plant spreads vigorously using its underground rhizomes (stems). Hedge Woundwort has hairy stems bearing whorls of magenta-pink flowers that have white markings on the lower 'lip' and a 'hood'. Its hairy leaves are dark green, heart-shaped and toothed. Widespread and common throughout the UK.











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