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Commonly known as Hedge nettle, Woundwort
Lambs' ears, lambs' tails and lambs' tongues all describe this white-woolly ground cover.
Genus of about 300 species of annuals, perennials and a few evergreen shrubs widely distributed in a range of habitats including mountains, dry, rocky hills, scrub, wasteland, meadows, forest clearings and streamsides, especially in northern temperate regions.
Natives include S. sylvatica, hedge woundwort, the leaves of which contain a volatile oil with antiseptic qualities, the rare limestone woundwort, S. alpina, the widespread betony, A. officinalis which was an invaluable medicinal herb throughout history, and very rare downy woundwort, S. germanica.
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Deciduous - oblong-lance-shaped leaves 12cm (4¾in) long with similar stem leaves
Height - 30cm (12in)
Spread - 25cm (10in)
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - erect perennial. Hooded flowers to 2.5cm (1in) across in congested whorls appear in spikes.
Very hardy - Hardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - - slugs
Place of origin - Caucasus
Hardiness - Fully hardy -
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - moderately fertile
Wildlife - Bee friendly -
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