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Marsh Woundwort

Stachys palustris

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Faintly dappled pinkish-purple flowers. Sepals are often maroon. Flowers look a little like the flowers of a Dead-nettle. 3 lobed lower lips. Stalkless flowers appear in whorls at the top of the upright square-angled main stem.
Fruit:
A brown 4-parted seed (schizocarp).
Leaves:
The lower leaves have short stalks. The upper leaves are stalkless. They appear in opposite pairs along the stems and are elongated, tapering into a point. The leaves have shallowly toothed margins.
Maximum Size:
100cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Slightly nutty-flavoured and highly nutritious. The tubers form in autumn and can be eaten, raw or cooked. They can be ground into a powder and used to make bread. The young shoots can be cooked and used as a substitute for asparagus. The seeds can be eaten too.
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:
Slightly pungent, unpleasant smell.
Other Names:
All-heal, Clown's Woundwort, Downy Woundwort, Hedge-nettle, Marsh Hedgenettle.
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, fens, marshes, meadows, ponds, swamps, wasteland, waterside, wetland.