Stachys floridana (Florida Hedgenettle)

Stachys floridana, commonly known as Florida Hedgenettle or Florida Betony, is a member of the Lamiaceae family and is native to several states in the southeastern United States, including Texas.

This plant is found in various habitats such as woodlands, meadows, and prairies. It is a herbaceous perennial that can grow up to 3 feet tall and produces spikes of pink to purple flowers in the summer. In addition to its ornamental value, Stachys floridana is also known for its medicinal properties, particularly in traditional Native American medicine. Overall, Stachys floridana is a beautiful and valuable addition to any Texas wildflower garden.

Stachys floridana Information

Family Lamiaceae
Common Names Florida Hedgenettle, Florida Betony, Rattlesnake Weed
Native to USA AL, AR, CA, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA
Size Up to 8″

Stachys floridana is a relatively low-maintenance plant that can thrive in a variety of growing conditions. It prefers well-drained soil and partial to full sun exposure. It is also drought-tolerant once established, making it an ideal choice for xeriscaping or water-wise gardening.

To propagate Stachys floridana, simply divide the plant in the spring or fall. It can also be grown from seeds, which should be sown in the fall or early winter. To keep the plant looking neat and tidy, it is recommended to cut it back in the winter or early spring before new growth emerges. With proper care, Stachys floridana can be a beautiful and long-lasting addition to any Texas garden.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Stachys floridana edible?

Stachys floridana, also known as Florida Hedgenettle or Florida Betony, has not been traditionally used as a food source, and there is no record of it being consumed in modern times

Is Stachys floridana an invasive species of plant?

Stachys floridana is not considered an invasive species in its native range.