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Short Spike Hedge Nettle
Stachys pycnantha
About Short Spike Hedge Nettle (Stachys pycnantha) 3 Nurseries Carry This Plant Stachys pycnantha is a species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common name shortspike hedgenettle. It is native to California, where it is known from many types of mountain and foothill habitat. This mint produces several stems usually exceeding 60 centimeters in height. It is hairy and glandular and very aromatic. The leaves have lance-shaped or oval blades borne on short petioles. The inflorescence is usually a single cluster or interrupted series of a few clusters of flowers, with up to 12 flowers per cluster. The tubular corolla is up to a centimeter long and white to pink in color. It is borne in a hairy calyx of sepals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

2 - 2.6 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Part Shade


Common uses
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Moist places

Annual Precipitation: 9.8" - 80.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 1.87", Coldest Month: 31.8" - 52.1", Hottest Month: 58.3" - 77.5", Humidity: 0.48" - 25.41", Elevation: -253" - 5768"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Short-spike Hedge Nettle, Shortspike 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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