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Common Name: Downy Woundwort
Stachys germanica is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Central and Southern Europe, including Britain, to N. Africa and the Orient.
Pastures and hedgebanks[
], especially on limestone soils[
]. A very rare native of Britain, it is only found in Oxford, though is common in Europe[
Easily grown in any deep, well-drained and moderately fertile soil, preferring a position in full sun[
The plant is a short-lived perennial and is sometimes biennial[
Closely related to S. cretica and S. byzantina[
The leaves are densely covered with long white silky hairs, they have been used as a substitute for lint in dressing wounds[
]. The thick, lint-like leaves are both soft and strongly antiseptic[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring.