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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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16 August, 2010

Gipsywort (Lycopus europaeus)

Continuing a look along the banks of our rivers and neighbouring wet meadows this is another local flower, common where it occurs but difficult to find places it does occur!

Gipsywort is another of those classic labiate family plants. The square stem, pointed nettle shaped leaves and small tubular flowers in whorls are so typical of this family.

Gipsywort is found on stream banks, in drainage ditches and wet 'fen' areas from June through to September and is out now on Wareham Common.