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Marsh woundwort (Stachys palustris)


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This is a hairy sparsely branched plant with finely toothed leaves. It flowers July to September. The flowers are two-lipped and pale purple or mauve with a concave upper lip and a white marked spreading lower lip. The sepals fuse to form a five toothed tube which swells slightly to hold the four nutlets of the fruit as they ripen. It is a common British plant and grows in ditches, swamps and fens. This plant was once thought a great healer of wounds, hence its name. The young shoots can be cooked and eaten like asparagus although they smell unpleasant. Picture taken at Felmersham, Bedfrordshire on 31st August 2009.

3rd Sep 2009 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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