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Gipsywort


Found on stream banks, in drainage ditches and wet 'fen' areas from June through to September.


 

  • Gipsywort: a G and T

    Post date: Tuesday, 23 August, 2016 - 20:49

    Gipsywort (Lycopus europaeus) is a member of the labiate family of plants which also include mints and deadnettles. The square stem, pointed nettle shaped leaves and small tubular flowers in whorls are so typical of this family.

    Gipsywort loves damp ground and is usually found on stream banks, in drainage ditches and wet 'fen' areas from June through to September and is common in areas of Wareham Common.

    It is another plant with folklore connections. Supposedly a remedy for just about every ailment that can beset us! It is also used as a die and the name comes from the belief that Romany people died their skin with it although that story remains totally unsubstantiated as far as I can ascertain. More likely it was used to die clothes. Apparently it smells like gin and tonic when crushed! 


     

     

Common Name Gipsywort
Scientific Name Lycopus europaeus
Species Group Deadnettle Family Lamiaceae
Status
Interest Level
3
Visabile
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Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Mint family - Labiatae
Status Restricted
Flower Colour Group White
Visible
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Preferred Environment
Look for The whorl of white flowers around the stem
Additional Identification Notes
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Deadnettle Family Lamiaceae