Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Co.Cork

Hedge Woundwort
Stachys sylvatica
Family: Lamiaceae

Flowering time: July-September. Perennial. Native.

Deep red-purple flowers with white lip pattern in terminal spikes. Most fruit ripens. Hairy leaves, heart-shaped, pointed. All leaves stalked. Similar to nettle leaves but without sting. Strong-smelling, pungent when bruised. Height 30-80cm.

Very frequent. Woods, hedgebanks, roadsides.

Similar: Marsh Woundwort, S. palustris. Paler pink-purple flowers. Lanceolate leaves, less pungent smell. Hybrids occur.

Hedge Woundwort. Macroom, Co.Cork. June 2008

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