A common herb in our wet grounds with long hairy leaves and little red flowers. It grows to a foot and a half high, but the stalk is weak, square, and hairy: the leaves stand two at a joint, and are of a pale green, notched at the edges, and of a strong smell; the flowers stand in clusters round the stalk at the joints. They are like those of the dead nettle kind, but smaller; the root is perennial, and creeps.
It is an excellent wound herb, but must be used fresh. The leaves are to be bruised and laid upon a new-made wound, without any addition; they stop the bleeding, and cure.
The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.