Galeopsis Tetrahit, Common Hempnettle



Common name:
Common hempnettle
Scientific name:
Galeopsis tetrahit
Main flower color:
Range:
Across most of the UK; less common in the east, and absent from higher elevation regions
Height:
Up to 80 cm
Habitat:
Fields, waste ground, roadsides, woodland, fens
Flowers:
The corolla is pale pink, up to 20 mm long, with a pouched upper lip and three-lobed lower lip. often yellow at the centre. The green calyx, similar in length, is lined by five, bristle-like, spine tipped lobes. Flowers form in closely-spaced whorls at the top of the stem
Leaves:
Ovate, hairy, stalked, up to 10 cm long, pointed at the tip and lined by coarse teeth. The hairy stems become wider below the leaf nodes
Season:
July to September
Rarity:
★★★★★