Lamiaceae (Family name)
Forage for Pollinators: Produces Nectar very freely and is attractive to Honeybees and Short-tongued Bumblebees, and some Solitary bees. Pollinated by bees.
Flowering time: June, July, August, September.
Growing information: NATIVE PERENNIAL WILDFLOWER growing to 0.2 m (8in) by 0.3 m (1ft). Prefers moist, neutral to calcareous soils which are moderately fertile, and thrives in a wide range of grasslands including flowery lawns. Can survive in long grass but positively thrives in short grass or grass which is cut each year or grazed periodically, and can spread to form large patches. Leaves and stems can be used raw or cooked in salad, soup or stew (after washing off the tannin). Medicinally it has a long history of use as antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic and more. (Can be sown any time of the year, even direct into lawns – ideally after the lawn has been scarified). It has earned itself a reputation for spreading across lawns (with those who like nothing but grass in their lawns, shockingly)!