Hedge woundwort Stachys sylvatica
Hedge woundwort's tall spires of red flowers can often be found brightening up shaded places.
Its leaves are bristly and oval to heartshaped, with a rather peculiar smell. As its name suggests, this wildflower was used as a herbal remedy. Its bruised leaves were said to alleviate bleeding.
Found across the UK.
Woods, hedge banks.
Best time to see
Flowers in July and August.