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Forest Trails - Bob Gessner

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Stachys coccinea - scarlet hedgenettle

Other Common Names: Texas betony
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Lamiaceae

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Forest Trails
Bob Gessner
Forest Trails
Bob Gessner
Forest Trails
Bob Gessner
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial   Similar Species: Stachys coccinea Ortega
General Desc: A stout, erect, leafy plant covered with soft hairs and bearing scarlet, bilaterally symmetrical flowers in whorls at intervals in a spike atop 4-sided stems. Does not have stinging hairs as do true nettles.
Identification notes: Erect rhizomatous green perennial with square stout stems; spikes of bright red tubular flowers; leaves elliptic to ovate, stemmed, hairy on both sides, margin coarsely serrate.
Height: To 3 feet


Habitat Description: Moist areas from desert scrub to ponderosa pine.
Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 1500 - 8000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Bright red     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Mar - Oct
Description: The flower cluster is an interrupted spike of two-lipped, bright red, tubular flowers. The flowers are to 1-1/4 inches long. The upper lip is erect and the lower lip is 3-lobed and spreading.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Triangular     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Square stems are lined with pairs of green triangular leaves to 3 inches long, becoming smaller up the stem. Leaves are wrinkled and heavily veined. Both leaves and stems are covered with soft hairs.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Nutlet
Fruit Notes: Nutlets are 1/16 inch long and wide, bumpy.

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