Page authors: Ben Legler, David Giblin
Stachys arvensis
field hedge-nettle, staggerweed

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California; also along the Gulf Coast and in the northeastern U.S.

Habitat: Weed in disturbed areas, typically where moist.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees


Annual herb with stems square in cross section and branching below.


Opposite, sessile or short petiolate.


Pink, small; in axillary clusters along stem.


4 small nutlets.


This species is not listed for Washington by most sources. It has recently been found fairly well established in several locations in the Puget Trough and should be expected to turn up again.

Accepted Name:
Stachys arvensis (L.) L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. (ed. 2) 2: 814. 1763.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Stachys arvensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Stachys arvensis checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Stachys arvensis information.

E-Flora BC: Stachys arvensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Stachys arvensis photos.

USDA Plants: Stachys arvensis information.

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