Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Wood Sage
Teucrium scorodonia
of the Mint family
a perennial
30 -50 cm high
blooms June - September
likes dry places, hedgerows, woods
can be seen in the hedgerows on the hilly walk between the Pnd and the South Beach

Wood Sage has been used as a substitute for hops in beer flavouring. In ancient times, the Greeks, and in particular, Teucer, a king of Troy, used it as a medicine. In more recent times, Wood Sage tea was considered to be an effective protection against rheumatism.
It has several other folk-names such as "wood garlic", "ambroise" and "
hind heal" as it was thought that wounded deer could be cured by eating it.