Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Field Woundwort

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Field Woundwort. 

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Field Woundwort. 

This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Field Woundwort - Stachys Arvensis. 

Field Woundwort, not surprisingly, grows in fields and disturbed ground on all the inhabited islands.

It is a member of the Dead-nettle family. It doesn't grow very tall and it is hairy with square stems. The flower is a pale pink purple with a upper hooded petal, 2 little side wings and a fat lower petal. The flower grows from long pointy pink and green sepals. The flowers and the leaves grow in whorls up the stems. .

The botanical name, Stachys arvensis, means a spiky plant that grows in a field. Another common name is Staggerweed. It is poisonous and is associated with paralysis, hence the staggering, in sheep and horses. Like a lot of poisons it is used, heavily diluted, in homoeopathic medicines.

It is native to Europe, Western Asia and north Africa. It has spread to other parts of the world and considered an invasive species, and a seed contaminant. Field woundwort is pollinated by insects and is very good for bumblebees.

You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.