Growing amongst reeds, rushes and tall grasses in a ditch.
No interactions present.
Very distinctive leaf shape.
As Bob says, very distinctive plant.
The name comes from a Medieval belief that con-men used the plant to produce a dye to make their skin darker so they could pass themselves off as true Gypsies. As Gypsies were thought to have magical and fortune telling powers it was useful to look the part.
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Lat/Lng: 51.987827015556, -0.73564410209656
OS grid ref: SP869329
Local nature reserve on the site of former clay pits. Contains a mixture of habitats - woodland, meadows, scrub, deep and shallow ponds, reed beds, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Lagoon_Local_Nature_Reserve