Hedge Woundwort

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Hedge woundwort

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Scientific name: Stachys sylvatica
The unpleasant, astringent smell of Hedge woundwort makes this medium-sized plant of woodlands, hedgerows and roadside verges stand out from the crowd.

Top facts

Stats

Height: up to 75cm

Conservation status

Common.

When to see

June to October

About

Growing in woodlands and along hedgerows and roadside verges, Hedge woundwort 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 also spreads vigorously using its underground rhizomes (stems).

What to look for

Hedge woundwort has hairy stems that bear whorls of 'hooded', magenta-pink flowers with white markings. Its hairy leaves are dark green, heart-shaped and toothed.

Where to find

Widespread.

Did you know?

The Bronze shield bug can often be found feeding on Hedge woundwort.