& Marginal Plant)
A native British plant.
pond edges, ditches, river
banks and marshy areas in partly shaded sites.
Tall, straight stems
with purple flowers from June to September.
stem and leaves were used as an astringent and sedative and used to
treat anxiety, tuberculosis and heart palpitations. It has also been
used in the treatment of hyperthyroidism and related disorders.
Industrially, Gypsywort was used in making a permanent black dye which
is where it may have got its name from. Gypsies were said to have
used it to stain their skin darker to resemble Africans or Egyptians
when performing 'magic'.
Instructions for Seeds:
seed spring or
autumn in a cold frame.
When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into
individual pots and plant them out in summer for flowering the following
plants and seeds are of native British origin.