Belongs to: mint family

Gipsywort Lycopus europaeus

Best time to see: Jul to end Sep

Key facts

A tall waterside plant with whorls of tiny white flowers with purple spots, circling the stem in summer

Toothed leaves in pairs up the stem, which can be 1m or more tall

Gained its name because gipsies were said to use its sap to stain their skin

© Tony Gunton