hairy hedge nettle

(Stachys pilosa var. pilosa)

Conservation Status
hairy hedge nettle (var. pilosa)
  IUCN Red List

not listed


N3N5 - Vulnerable to Secure

SNR - Unranked


not listed

Wetland Indicator Status
  Great Plains

FACW - Facultative wetland


FACW - Facultative wetland

  Northcentral & Northeast

FACW - Facultative wetland


Hairy hedge nettle (var. pilosa) is a 20 to 40 tall, erect, perennial forb that rises from a rhizome. It often forms colonies.

The stems are erect, square, hollow, and usually unbranched. They have scattered, downward-pointing hairs on the ridges of the stem but no hairs between the ridges.

The leaves are opposite, thin, oblong or lance-shaped, 1½ to 4¾ long, and to 1½ wide. They are stalkless or on leaf stalks no more than long. The leaf blades taper to a point at the tip with concave sides along the tip. They are blunt or rounded at the base with the sides coming together at an angle much greater than 90°. The upper surface is distinctly hairy and rough to the touch. The margins have rounded, forward-pointing teeth.

The inflorescence is a 2 to 8 long spike of flower clusters at the end of the stem. Each cluster usually has 6 flowers and is subtended by a small, leaf-like bract. Each pair of opposite flower clusters together form a false whorl. The bracts have a fringe of long hairs on the margin.

The flowers are to long. They have 5 green, hairy sepals that are fused at the base into a calyx tube 3 32 to 3 16 long and separated at the end into 5 triangular lobes. The calyx lobes are at least ¾ as long as the calyx tube and are hairy or have a fringe of hairs along the margin. There are 5 petals that are fused at the base into a corolla tube about ¼ long. The petals are pink to white and often have darker pink or reddish splotches near the throat. The calyx tube is always at least as long as the corolla tube. The corolla is divided at the end into 2 lips. The upper lip is about 3 16 long and wide, hood-like, hairy outside, hairless inside. The lower lip is divided at the tip into 3 lobes, a large central lobe and 2 smaller lateral lobes. There are 4 stamens protected beneath the hood.

The fruit is 4 greenish-white, 3-ribbed, 1-seeded nutlets. They turn black when they ripen.




20 to 40


Flower Color


Pink to white


Similar Species


American germander (Teucrium canadense) flowers have a greatly reduced upper lip.

Marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris) stems have copious hairs both on the ridges of the stem and between the ridges. The petals are pink or lavender with white spots.

Smooth hedge nettle (Stachys tenuifolia) main leaves are on stalks 5 16 to 1 long. The upper and lower surfaces may have hairs along the lower midrib but are otherwise hairless.

Woundwort (Stachys pilosa var. arenicola) stems have copious hairs both on the ridges of the stem and between the ridges. The petals are pink or lavender with white spots.






July to August




Distribution Map



2, 4, 7.









  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (flowering plants)  
  Superorder Asteranae  


Lamiales (mints, plantains, olives, and allies)  


Lamiaceae (mint)  
  Subfamily Lamioideae  
  Tribe Stachydeae  
  Genus Stachys (hedge nettle)  
  Species Stachys pilosa (hairy hedge nettle)  

There is some disagreement about the number and classification of Minnesota’s Stachys species. The classification used on follows ITIS and USDA PLANTS.




Stachys asperrima

Stachys borealis

Stachys homotricha

Stachys palustris var. homotricha

Stachys palustris var. nipigonensis

Stachys palustris var. phaneropoda

Stachys palustris var. pilosa

Stachys palustris ssp. pilosa

Stachys palustris var. puberula

Stachys scopulorum

Stachys teucriifolia

Stachys teucriiformis


Common Names

  hairy hedge nettle  











Modified leaf at the base of a flower stalk, flower cluster, or inflorescence.



The group of outer floral leaves (sepals) below the petals, occasionally forming a tube.



A collective name for all of the petals of a flower.



A horizontal, usually underground stem. It serves as a reproductive structure, producing roots below and shoots above at the nodes.



An outer floral leaf, usually green but sometimes colored, at the base of a flower.

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