Florida Hedge Nettle - Florida Betony
Chinese Artichoke
Eustachys floridana or Stachys floridana (Shuttleworth)
Lamiaceae (Mint) Family

Plant is an upright perennial that spreads by a tuber that resembles a large white, segmented worm. Its preferred habitat is yards, waste sites, stream banks and gardens. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite on the stem; stalked and reduced in size and length upward the stem. Blade is egg-shaped to lance-like with a squared base. Leaf tip is tapered and nearly rounded. Margins are strongly serrated.

Flowers are clustered at the end of the stem in the last four to six nodes. Corolla is white to lavender; irregular in shape; about one-half inch long; upper lip is straight but lower lip is 3-lobed. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.

Fruit is an ovary with two or more seed chambers.

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