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Gypsywort (Lycopus europaeus)

Observed: 17th August 2011 By: MikedapsMikedaps’s reputation in PlantsMikedaps’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

Blurry pictures should show few small hairs on leaves and flowers white with purple spots/streaks

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Species with which Gypsywort (Lycopus europaeus) interacts

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The purple spots -

can be "blurred" into comma shapes and similar "streaks".
It's a pretty little plant, used in herbal medicine and to produce a black dye. (Hence the name - gypsies were said to dye their skins with it, but probably used it as a fabric stain.)