Short Spike Hedge Nettle

Common Name Short Spike Hedge Nettle
Scientific Name Stachys pycnantha
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Origin California Native
Duration Perennial
Flower Color White/Pink
Plant Type Herb
Habitat Riparian, wetland
Flower Attributes Inflorescence is a single cluster or interrupted series of a few clusters of flowers, with up to 12 flowers per cluster. The petals are white to pink and borne in a hairy calyx of sepals.
Leaf Attributes Leaves and stems are airy, glandular, and very aromatic. Leaves are opposite, lance-shaped, and borne on short petioles.
Light Morning sun, part shade
Soil Clay; alkaline; can tolerate poor, boggy soils; prefers not well-draining soil


This fuzzy, light-green plant is great for butterfly gardens! Short spike hedge nettle is a spreading plant that likes wet spots, like pond edges or creek banks. It’s winter deciduous, so it will lose most of its leaves when the cold hits.


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