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Stachys palustris - L.
                 
Common Name Marsh Woundwort, Marsh hedgenettle
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards Avoid during pregnancy & breast feeding [301].
Habitats By streams and ditches, also in swamps and fens. Occasionally found on arable land[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, south and east from Norway to Portugal and temperate Asia to Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Stachys palustris Marsh Woundwort, Marsh hedgenettle


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Stachys palustris Marsh Woundwort, Marsh hedgenettle
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Physical Characteristics
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Stachys palustris is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

Synonyms
Stachys aquatica Bubani. Stachys austriaca Heynh. Stachys maeotica Postrig.

Habitats
 Bog Garden; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Tubers - raw or cooked[K]. A wholesome and nutritious food[4], they have a pleasant mild nutty flavour[K]. The tubers can be dried and ground into a powder that is used in making bread etc[2, 4, 12, 115, 183]. The tubers are formed in the autumn[17]. Although quite small, they are fairly smooth and produced in a reasonable quantity so are not too fiddly to utilize[K]. Young shoots - cooked. Used as an asparagus substitute[183]. A pleasant taste but the smell is disagreeable[4]. Seed[257]. No further details are given[257].
Medicinal Uses


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Antiseptic;  Antispasmodic;  Emetic;  Emmenagogue;  Expectorant;  Haemostatic;  Nervine;  Sedative;  
Tonic;  Vulnerary.

The plant is antiseptic, antispasmodic, emetic, emmenagogue, expectorant, haemostatic, nervine, sedative, tonic, vulnerary[4, 61, 218]. The plant has been highly valued for its wound-healing activity, being effective against both internal and external bleeding, and is also used in the treatment of gout, cramps and pains in the joints[4]. The herb is harvested in the summer when just coming into flower and can be dried for later use[4].
Other Uses
Dye.

A yellow dye is obtained from the plant[207].
Cultivation details
Requires a moist soil for good root production[2, 24]. A good bee plant[24]. All parts of the plant emit an unpleasant smell when bruised[245].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Marcus N.
Jun 17 2014 12:00AM
I might be usefull to add that this plant is considered as a difficult weed in large parts of Sweden.
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