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California Hedgenettle
Stachys bullata
  
About California Hedgenettle (Stachys bullata) 14 Nurseries Carry This Plant California Hedgenettle (Stachys bullata) is a native perennial herb in the Lamiaceae (Mint) family that is found primarily along the coastal strip from the Bay Area southward. Despite its common name, it does not form a hedge and it does not sting like true nettles. Instead, it is a delicate, attractive flowering plant that performs well in damp, partially shaded areas. It tends to grow in wet, swampy, boggy places, at elevations from sea level to 1,600 feet. It tolerates inundation but is usually fine with merely damp soil. While not drought tolerant, it is a good choice for bioswales, pond margins, and similar areas where a more showy, flowering plant may be desired. It blooms from spring through summer. Like most wetland plants, it spreads to occupy suitable territory but is easily controlled.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
1.3 - 2.6 ft tall

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
Slight

Flower Color
Flower Color
Lavender

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Fall

Wildlife Supported
 
Hummingbirds, butterflies and other insects are attracted to the flowers

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Shade, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Moderate - High

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / week once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Slow, Standing

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils as long as adequate water is present. Soil PH: 5.5 - 7.5

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant, Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with other plants of wet areas including Willow (Salix sp.), Cottonwood (Populus sp.), Sycamore (Plataunus racemosa), Sedge (Carex sp.), Rush (Juncus sp.), Monkeyflower (Mimulus cardinalis and guttatus), and Stream Orchid (Epipactis gigantea)

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
5, 7, 8*, 9*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Wet areas such as streambanks, pond margins, springs, bogs, seeps and drainage ditches

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 7.6" - 78.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.43", Coldest Month: 32.6" - 55.8", Hottest Month: 57.8" - 80.2", Humidity: 0.35" - 26.29", Elevation: -192" - 5871"

Alternative Names
Common Names: California Hedge Nettle, Fivespot, Southern Hedge-nettle, Wood-mint


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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