Sessile-Leaved Water Horehound

Sessile-leaved_Water_Horehound_jpgThis family of plants (Lamiaceae), commonly called the mint family, has 221 genera and 5.600 species of herbs, shrubs and a few trees.  It is a preeminent family of culinary and medical herbs including lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme, mint, balm, marjoram, savory and basil. The genus Lycopus means “wolf foot” from lukos (wolf) and pous (foot). The common name Sessile-Leaved Water-Horehound is for the attachment of the leave directly to the base without a stalk. Sessile-Leaved Water-Horehound is edible and the tubers can be added to salad, boiled and served with butter or pickled. In the 19th century Anglo-American medical people used another plant in this genus (Lycopus virginicus commonly known as Bugleweed) as an astringent and to calm the nerves.  It was given for coughs, internal bleeding and urinary incontinence.  This species also has sedative properties and was used to treat racing heartbeat and overactive thyroid.

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ScientificName:

Lycopus amplectens

Community:

Freshwater Wetlands

PlantStatus:

Native

LifeSpan:

Perennial

PlantHeight:

Up to 3 ½ feet

FruitingTime:

September to October

Distribution:

Massachusetts to Florida ~ Throughout the coastal plain in New Jersey

FloweringTime:

August to October

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Leaves oblong to lance shaped with 4 to 6 teeth on each side, convexly narrower from the lowest tooth to the sessile (without stalk) base