- Lycopus is also a spider genus (Thomisidae)
Lycopus (Gypsywort or Bugleweed) is a genus of about a dozen species of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae. They are all herbaceous plants native to Europe, northwest Asia, and North America. The species are most often found in wetlands, damp meadows, and stream banks. Some of the wetland species have become endangered .
The genus includes only perennial
species; they spread by both seeds
and stems rooting as they grow along the ground. Small white flowers bloom in late summer on leaf axials. Leaves are bright green, pointed, lobed, and like all mints occur in opposite pairs. Some species start with curled purple leaves that unfurl to a bright green coloration. The species in this genus vary in size, but generally grow to about 3-4 feet .
Plant's juice yields black dye
, supposedly used by the Roma
to tan their skin to mimic Egyptians
, and hence the common name of Gypsywort
for Lycopus europaeus. Apothecaries
and herbalists use the leaves, stems, and flowers for their astringent and sedative qualities as well as for anxiety, tuberculosis
problems, and palpitations. Some species of the herb also may have narcotic and contraceptive effects .
Beneficial for Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism. Consult with your doctor.Selected species