Herb: Downy Woundwort


Latin name: Stachys germanica


Family: Labiatae



Medicinal use of Downy Woundwort:

The leaves are densely covered with long white silky hairs, they have been used as a substitute for lint in dressing wounds. The thick, lint-like leaves are both soft and strongly antiseptic.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Flovering:
July to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Pastures and hedgebanks, especially on limestone soils. A very rare native of Britain, it is only found in Oxford, though is common in Europe.

Propagation of Downy Woundwort:

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Pastures and hedgebanks, especially on limestone soils. A very rare native of Britain, it is only found in Oxford, though is common in Europe.

Known hazards of Stachys germanica:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.