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Gypsywort

Lycopus europaeus

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
White, purple-dotted and appearing in whorls from the bases of the upper leaves. 4 petals.
Fruit:
A dry fruit (schizocarp) in 4 parts.
Leaves:
Oval leaves in opposite pairs along the erect stem. The leaves are mostly stalked and have deeply serrated margins. The leaves sometimes turn red or purple in autumn.
Maximum Size:
75cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The root can be eaten, raw or cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
No fragrance.
Other Names:
Bugleweed, European Bugleweed, Gipsywort, Water Horehound.
Habitats:
Ditches, fens, marshes, riverbanks, riversides, waterside, wetland.