One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hairy Eurasian plant resembling a dead-nettle, formerly used in the treatment of wounds.
Genus Stachys, family Labiatae: several species
- ‘And if their blues, purples and soft whites began to pall, the gardener could add the hot yellows of the woundworts (species of Solidago).’
- ‘There are some 300 species of Stachys, also known as betonies, hedge nettles and woundworts.’
- ‘One of the most intriguing groups of plants sought for their healing qualities, the woundworts, offers plenty of material for the researcher.’
- ‘There is no record of it being applied to bleeding wounds - the English woundworts are effective in initiating coagulation by reason of their hairs.’
- ‘Marsh woundwort is a member of the mint family, and it has only a slight smell (unlike the rather similar Hedge Woundwort, which gives off a very strong odour).’
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