Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Co.Cork

Marsh Woundwort
Stachys palustris
Duilleog na saor
Family: Lamiaceae

Flowering time: July-October. Perennial.

Spikes of pink-purple flowers, white pattern on lower lip. Occasionally white.
Leaves oblong-lanceolate, fine-toothed, almost stalk-less. Slightly pungent smell.
Hairy stems, leaves. Grows from underground rhizomes. Height: 30-90cm.

Frequent. Damp and wet ground. Streamsides, ditches, fields, roadsides. Native.

Similar: Hedge woundwort, S. sylvatica. Rounder, hairy leaves, more pungent smell. Deep red-purple flowers. Hybrids occur.

Above: Marsh Woundwort. Ballingeary, Co.Cork. October 2008

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