Herb: Rough Bugleweed

Latin name: Lycopus asper

Synonyms: Lycopus lucidus americanus

Family: Labiatae

Medicinal use of Rough Bugleweed:

A decoction of the plant has been given to children as a laxative.

Description of the plant:


60 cm
(2 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Marshes and wet shores, tolerating alkaline conditions.

Edible parts of Rough Bugleweed:

Root - boiled or dried for later use.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring or autumn. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Cultivation of Rough Bugleweed:

Marshes and wet shores, tolerating alkaline conditions.

Known hazards of Lycopus asper:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.