Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Laguna Niguel, CA. 4-05-08. © Joan Avise

Rigid hedge-nettle

Stachys ajugoides var. rigida
(= Stachys rigida var. rigida)

A 2-3 ft. perennial herb, found in moist shady places.

Native to California and beyond

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Flower spike, 4-8" long. UCI Ecological Preserve, Irvine, CA. 3-31-10. © Joan Avise

Hairy square stem, opposite leaves. UCI Ecological Preserve, Irvine, CA. 3-31-10. © Joan Avise

Spine-tipped 5-toothed calyx. UCI Ecological Preserve, Irvine, CA. 3-31-10. © Joan Avise

Four exserted stamens under lip; exserted pistil. UCI Ecological Preserve, Irvine, CA. 3-31-10. © Joan Avise

Fruits consist of 4 nutlets. UCI Ecological Preserve, Irvine, CA. 3-31-10. © Joan Avise

Crenulate-serrate leaves UCI Ecological Preserve, Irvine, CA. 3-31-10. © Joan Avise

East Fork Trail, Bommer Canyon Wilderness Park, Irvine, CA. 4-23-11. © Joan Avise


Spruce Canyon, nr. Silverado Cyn., 6-29-17. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Spruce Canyon, nr. Silverado Cyn., 6-29-17. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Spruce Canyon, nr. Silverado Cyn., 6-29-17. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Spruce Canyon, nr. Silverado Cyn., 6-29-17. © Ron Vanderhoff.