Stachys byzantina K. Koch
lamb's-ear (woolly hedgenettle)
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Gerry & Wendy Ansell     (Photo ID #70910)


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Distribution of Stachys byzantina
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a rhizome; stems erect, 30-80 cm tall, branched above, 4-angled, softly long-hairy.
Opposite, narrowly egg-shaped to oblong, 5-10 cm long, rounded to more or less heart-shaped at the base, toothed, the upper ones unstalked, the lower ones stalked.
Inflorescence a sometimes interrupted, bracted spike; bracts reddish-purple, as long as the calyces; corollas deeply 2-lipped, dark purplish-blue, 9-12 mm long; calyces egg-shaped to tubular, 6-8 mm long, long-hairy, the upper lip minutely 3-toothed, shorter than the lanceolate teeth of the lower lip.
Nutlets, 4 clustered together.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Waste places in the lowland zone; rare garden escape on S Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands; introduced from Europe.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Stachys lanata
Stachys olympica Poir.