Herbs & Plants

Galeopsis segetum

Botanical Name: Galeopsis segetum
Family: Lamiaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Lamiales
Genus: Galeopsis
Species: G. segetum

Synonyms : G. dubia. G. ochroleuca.

Common Name: Downy hemp-nettle

Habitat: Galeopsis segetum is native to W. Europe, including Britain, from Denmark to Germany and Spain. It grows on fields, meadows and waste places.

Galeopsis segetum is an annual flowering plant , growing to 0.6 m (2ft). It is in flower from July to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.


Cultivation: Grows in most soils, disliking heavy shade. This plant is sometimes grown in the wild garden.

Medicinal Uses:
The flowering plant is astringent, diuretic and mildly expectorant. A decoction has been used in the treatment of whooping cough, bronchitis, tracheitis etc. The plant is harvested in the summer and can be used fresh or dried. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant[9]. It is used to treat disorders of the splee.

Known Hazards: Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, many other members of this genus are said to be poisonous, causing paralysi


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