Hedge Woundwort - Stachys sylvatica Hedge Woundwort - Stachys sylvatica
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Herb: Hedge Woundwort


Latin name: Stachys sylvatica


Family: Labiatae



Medicinal use of Hedge Woundwort:

The whole herb is styptic. It is applied externally to wounds etc. The plant is also said to be diuretic, emmenagogue and tonic.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
90 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
July to
August


Scent:
Scented
Perennial

Habitat of the herb:

Woodland, hedgebanks and shady waste places, usually on rich soils.

Other uses of Hedge Woundwort:

A tough fibre is obtained from the stem. It has commercial possibilities. A yellow dye is obtained from the plant.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.

Cultivation of Hedge Woundwort:

Woodland, hedgebanks and shady waste places, usually on rich soils.

Known hazards of Stachys sylvatica:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.