Stachys officinalis
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Stachys officinalis

common hedge nettle

  family lamiaceae 
  genus stachys 

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Genus  Stachys Species  officinalis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  common hedge nettle   betony Family  LAMIACEAE Specimen number  S8461 Data source  ColorNat p9;MedPl p270
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  This whole plant has been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Chartreuse is the most typical color produced by Stachys officinalis. It is traditionally used to dye wool. (Alum is typically used as a mordant to fix the colors.)
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  analgesic   sedative   relaxant   styptic   bitter Medicinal parts  Aerial parts Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  yes Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Stachys officinalis has traditionally been used in many herbal remedies including: as an analgesic, as a sedative, as a relaxant and as a styptic. (More are listed in the medicinal properties section.) Common hedge nettle (sometimes called betony) should not be used by anyone who is pregnant. Herbal remedies are only prepared from the aerial parts.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Whole plant Dye color  chartreuse
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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