hedge-nettle, marsh hedge-nettle, woundwort
[Stachys palustris subsp. palustris , more...]
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; ; 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
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5, Wetland Indicator = OBL USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"