Stachys palustris L.
Family: Lamiaceae
hedge-nettle, marsh hedge-nettle, woundwort
Stachys palustris image
Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Stachys: from the Greek stachus for "ear of grain" or "a spike," in reference to the spike-like form of the flowers
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-40" tall, aromatic, hairy forb; stems square
Leaves: opposite, toothed, usually stalkless with a rounded base
Flowers: pink to purplish with white spots, 5-parted, 3/8"-2/3" long, hooded; flower drawing; inflorescence close, but separated whorls of usually 6 stalkless flowers from the upper leaf axils; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: 1-seeded nutlet
Habitat: wet; meadows, woods, prairies, shores
Conservation Status: Native