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Betony

Betonica officinalis

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Pink, 5 petals
 
Dense pink to purple flower spike.
Fruit:
After the flowers have died off, each flower leaves behind four 3-sided, smooth, brown nutlets at the bottom of the calyx.
Leaves:
Bluntly toothed, oval, stalked leaves, mostly in basal rosettes. Some paired leaves along the stem.
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
The seeds are edible and tea can be made from the dried leaves.
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:
Unpleasant smelling.
Other Names:
Bishopswort, Purple Betony, Wood Betony, Woundwort.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, heathland, woodland.