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White Hedge Nettle
Stachys albens
About White Hedge Nettle (Stachys albens) Nurseries Show All Photos Stachys albens, also known as whitestem hedgenettle or white hedgenettle, is a mint endemic to California. S. albens flowers have a 2-lipped, 5-lobed calyx, which is densely cob-webby and white to pinkish in color with purplish veins. The plant is fuzzy all over, with opposite, triangular, serrate leaves, a square stem, a layered spike of many small flowers, and a minty smell if bruised. Stachys albens occurs between 0 (sea level) and 9000 feet, in wet, swampy to seepy places in the following plant communities:Stachys albens occurs between 0 (sea level) and 9000 feet, in wet, swampy to seepy places in the following plant communities:Foothill oak woodlandCoastal sage scrubYellow pine forestRed fir forestLodgepole pine forestCalifornia mixed evergreen forestWetland-riparianPinyon-juniper woodland - Mojave and Colorado Deserts
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.6 - 8 ft (0.49 - 2.4 m)


Flower Color
Pink, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Moist places

Shade, Part Shade

Elevation ?
-13' - 11629'

Annual Precip. ?
4.8" - 71.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 2.73"

Coldest Month ?
24.6° F - 56.4° F

Hottest Month ?
46.6° F - 83.6° F

Humidity ?
0.33 vpd - 37.33 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerant of a variety of garden soils as long as sufficient moisture is available

Fast, Medium, Slow

Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Moderate - High
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Cobwebby Hedge-nettle, Whitestem Hedgenettle

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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