Stachys palustris (Marsh Hedge-Nettle)- photos and description

Stachys palustris

Stachys palustris
15 cm ruler for scale

Stachys palustris

Stachys palustris

Stachys palustris

General: Perennials with single stems, a slender growth habit, stems simple. Stems with 4 angles, and purple-red in colour. Plants rhizomatous. Stems hirsute.

Flowers: Flowers in terminal spike, flowers are two-lipped, pinkish-purple in colour with dark spotting. Flower measured at 1 cm long.

Leaves: Leaves opposite, lanceolate, sessile, leaf measured at 7 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. Top of leaves with short hairs, leaf margins ciliate, bottom of leaves with hairs along nerves.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 80 cm, we measured plants to 47 cm tall.

Habitat: Marshes, stream banks, moist meadows, wet open woods.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken July 1st in a wet meadow, boreal forest, 400 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.