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Lycopus asper - Greene.

Common Name Rough Bugleweed
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Marshes and wet shores, tolerating alkaline conditions[60].
Range N. America - Michigan to Kansas, west to Manitoba, British Columbia, California and Arizona.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lycopus asper Rough Bugleweed


Robert Tatina. USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. Midwest National Technical Center, Lincoln. Courtesy of USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute
Lycopus asper Rough Bugleweed
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 3

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lycopus asper is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

Synonyms

L. lucidus americana.

Habitats

 Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - boiled or dried for later use[46, 61, 105, 161, 257].

Medicinal Uses



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Laxative.

A decoction of the plant has been given to children as a laxative[257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. This species is often confused with L. lucidus[60]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Tolerates most soil types so long as they are wet. Succeeds in damp meadows or in wet places by ponds or streams[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame[238]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring or autumn[238]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Lycopus americanusWater Horehound, American water horehound13
Lycopus amplectensClasping water horehound10
Lycopus europaeusGypsywort13
Lycopus lucidusBugleweed, Rough bugleweed12
Lycopus maackianus 10
Lycopus uniflorusBugleweed, Northern bugleweed31
Lycopus virginicusBugleweed, Virginia water horehound23

 

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Readers comment

Steve Dupey   Thu Dec 1 2005

Native here in the interior pacific northwest USA.. steam and marsh edges. Very few references to its use .. but the native americans used it..(crow potatoes). My experiments indicate it may have great potential as a cultivated plant. Wild collected tubers in late winter early spring...(when starch to sugar conversion has presumably reached its peak) are excellant, with a good nutty taste. Id rate them well over chinese artichokes in flavor and size and potential yield. Not sure if fall harvested ones have developed flavor yet though. Also having trouble getting cultivated plants to fully mature the tubers.. though an indivual plant can grow hundreds in one season. Still working out the cultivation. Probably should be container grown... invasive in garden. Fertilization regime for tuber production and size needs to yet be worked out. Grows aquatically or in moist soil. Tubers are elongated.. and corrugated, a couple centimeters in diameter and up to ten or more in length... though this is variable.

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