Botanical Name: Galeopsis segetum
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.
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. 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