Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Hedge Woundwort
Stachys sylvatica
of the Mint family
a perennial
60 - 100 cm high
blooms June-September
likes cultivated and waste land, woods, ditches hedgerows
can be seen where the Calder flows into the Loch at the Roman Bath-house

The green parts of Woundworts have been used in poultices since ancient times to stem bleeding. The effectiveness of this treatment seems to be supported by modern science which has identified an antiseptic within the oil found in the plants juices.