Yellow archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon)

Collins, 210; Readers Digest, 297

This is a very attractive medium-sized creeping perennial that is abundant in our woodlands.  It stands erect with dark green narrow leaves.  The flowers are different hues of yellow usually streaked with red-brown on the lower lip.  It is commonly seen between May and June, mostly in woodlands but also in the verges such as Hassel Street.  The plant is related to the red and white dead-nettles.  Along with these, it shares its reputation as guardian against evil spirits and spells and for protecting cattle against a black magic disease, elf-shot.  No herbal use.