European Water-Horehound | Lycopus europaeus

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)

Discover European Water-Horehound (Lycopus europaeus): a captivating wetland herb with toothed leaves and clusters of tiny white flowers. Standing up to one meter tall, this aromatic perennial thrives along riverbanks and in wet meadows, enriching biodiversity.

Its minty fragrance, attractive to pollinators, makes it a garden gem. Perfect for rain gardens, it adapts to various soils and flourishes in partial shade.Bring the beauty of wetland ecosystems to your garden with European Water-Horehound—an effortlessly charming addition for both novice and seasoned plant enthusiasts.


Botanical Information: European Water-Horehound

European Water-Horehound (Lycopus europaeus), a perennial herb in the mint family, boasts a distinctive appearance with toothed leaves and clusters of tiny white flowers. Growing up to one meter in height, this herbaceous plant is characterized by square stems and a minty aroma when crushed, contributing to its appeal in gardens and wetland areas.


Thriving in damp habitats, European Water-Horehound is commonly found along riverbanks, streams, and wet meadows. Its affinity for moisture makes it an excellent choice for rain gardens and water features. With a preference for partial shade, it adapts to various soil types, enriching the biodiversity of riparian zones.

Benefits to Wildlife

European Water-Horehound plays a vital role in supporting local wildlife. Its nectar-rich flowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, contributing to the overall health of the ecosystem. Moreover, its dense foliage provides shelter for amphibians and small aquatic creatures, establishing it as a valuable component of wetland habitats.

Conservation Status in the UK

In the UK, European Water-Horehound is not designated with a specific conservation status, indicating a stable presence in its native range. However, its significance in wetland ecosystems highlights the importance of maintaining suitable habitats to sustain the plant and the diverse array of species it supports.

Ease of Growing

Cultivating European Water-Horehound is relatively straightforward, especially in areas with consistent moisture. It adapts well to garden settings, particularly those with wet or waterlogged conditions. Planting in partial shade mimics its natural habitat preferences. Once established, minimal care is required, making it an accessible choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.

European Water-Horehound is a resilient and beneficial herb, thriving in wetland environments and enhancing the ecological balance. Its botanical charm, role in supporting wildlife, and adaptability to gardens make it a versatile and valuable addition to both natural and cultivated landscapes, fostering biodiversity and enriching the beauty of water-centric habitats.

More Information

Botany in Scotland


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