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The_herpetologistThe_herpetologist West YorksPosts: 481

This nettle-like plant has sprung up beside my pond. It's quite attractive and is attracting bees. What is it?  Do I pull it or leave it be? Any advice gratefully accepted.

HH

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Last edited: 06 August 2017 09:44:14

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  • FritillaryFritillary WiltshirePosts: 489

    I Think it could be Gypsywort. Lycopus europaeus.image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,374

    Lycopus europaeus maybe? Gypsywort

    If the bees like it and you like it, let it be

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,374

    snap Fritillary image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,391

    Lycopus europaeus aka Gypsywort. 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,391

    Oh, you said it first .........   but at least we all agree image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • The_herpetologistThe_herpetologist West YorksPosts: 481
    Thanks guys, just checked and I think you've nailed it! Looks to be harmless, certainly non-invasive, so I think it's a keeper.

     

  • FritillaryFritillary WiltshirePosts: 489

    Nut image

    On the herbal side it yields a black dye that can be used on wool and silk, and it used to be used by gypsies to stain their skins darker. Hence the common name.(Taken from a 'Modern Herbal ' By Mrs M. Grieves) image

    Last edited: 06 August 2017 09:56:19

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