Hedge Woundwort
Stachys sylvatica

Hedge Woundwort is a member of the dead-nettle family and can mainly be found in woodland margins in semi-shaded areas. Its dark claret flowers possess some white markings that may guide bees and flies to the throat of the flower to help pollination. The whole plant has a distinctly unpleasant smell, especially when crushed. This species has a long medicinal history, dating back to the ancient Greeks where it was used for wounds and to help restrain bleeding.