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Monday, 22 August 2016

Marsh Woundwort and how I am botanically challenged.


I'm embarrassed.  I drew this plant, which grows prolifically in my garden, a couple of years ago.  I was sure it was Purple Loosestrife.  However, I visited Dungeness Rsbp reserve yesterday.  I came upon a tall purple plant that it appears is Loosestrife, and mine isn't.

I have since i.d'd it.  It is Marsh Woundwort Stachys palustris. I looked at it more carefully and realised it looked more like a member of the nettle family.

Still it has a long and illustrious history as a healer of dressing cuts and wounds.  It is also supposed to help aching joints, when made into an ointment.  Goodness knows, I have enough of it in my garden and of course, I have aching joints.   How do I make and ointment, I wonder?  Culpepper, the famous herbalist, said that Stachys will protect the liver and preserve us from witchcraft.  An all rounder then!

I feel I should find some purple loosestrife to draw now.



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