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Marsh Woundwort (Stachys palustris)


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A bristly plant with a creeping rhizome and upright stem. The plant has oblong short-stalked leaves and purple-pink flowers with white markings on the lip. The flower whorls form a loose spike at the top of the plant. The sepals are fused to form a five toothed tube. A poultice made from this plant was once used extensively to cure wounds (including severe injuries). Picture taken at Felmersham Bedfordshire on 22nd July 2006.

26th Sep 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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