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Common Name: Bugleweed
Lycopus lucidus is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
Wet places by the edges of streams or in other damp areas[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Tolerates most soil types so long as they are wet. Succeeds in damp meadows or in wet places by ponds or streams[
Root - cooked[
]. An emergency food, it is only used when all else fails[
The plant is cardiotonic, weakly diuretic and hepatic[
]. It is said to stimulate the blood circulation, break up clots, and soothe the liver[
]. A decoction is used in the treatment of abdominal distension, abscesses, menstrual pain, painful injuries, incontinence and various other ailments[
]. The plant is harvested as it comes into flower and is dried for later use.
Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer.
Division in spring or autumn[
]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.