TG3303 : Black Horehound (Ballota nigra) - flowers

taken 8 months ago, near to Claxton, Norfolk, Great Britain

Black Horehound  (Ballota nigra) - flowers
Black Horehound (Ballota nigra) - flowers
This plant > LinkExternal link is considered a weed and can commonly be found growing on waste and disturbed ground, in hedgerows and woods, preferring nitrogen-rich, moist and rather loose soil. It also has a long history of use as a medicinal herb, although is appears to not be very widely employed in modern herbalism because of its unpleasant flavour. In the past it was frequently used for treating problems with the respiratory system, convulsions, low spirits and the menopause, but present-day authorities differ over whether it was effective in these applications. The whole plant is antiemetic, antispasmodic, expectorant, stimulant and vermifuge. The plant is harvested as it comes into flower and dried for later use; a syrup can be made from the fresh herb.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 29 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 29 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3345 0317 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:34.5721N 1:26.6381E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3348 0315
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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