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Hedge Woundwort Stachys sylvatica

Growing in woodlands and along hedgerows and roadside verges, Hedge Woundwort is a common, perhaps unremarkable, plant with one defining feature - its unpleasant and astringent smell. This smell is particularly apparent when the plant is crushed. Magenta flowers appear between June and October and are pollinated by bees. Once the seed is dispersed, the plant also spreads vigorously using its underground rhizomes (stems).

Conservation status

Common.

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Did you know? The Bronze Shield Bug can often be found feeding on Hedge Woundwort.
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