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Black Horehound, Ballota nigra Family: Lamiaceae
Ballota nigra     *     Black Horehound

Flowering time: June-October. Perennial

Habitat: Hedgerows, waste ground and field edges in disturbed, nutrient-rich ground. Common throughout much of England and Wales, rare in N Scotland and Ireland.

Whorls of 2-lipped red-purple flowers in leaf axils, the funnel-shaped calyx with five pointed teeth. An erect hairy plant, strong smelling when bruised with short-stalked, coarse-toothed leaves. Height 40-80cm


Black Horehound, Ballota nigra       Black Horehound, Ballota nigra


Black Horehound, Ballota nigra


Black Horehound, Ballota nigra
Black Horehound, Ballota nigra
Holton Lee, Dorset. October 2012

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