This is a handsome plant, with a stout, rough, hairy stem, over two feet tall, and very bright green leaves, which are thin in texture but velvety. The flowers are in whorls, making a large cluster, and have a purplish calyx, smooth or with a few stiff hairs, and a corolla about an inch long, deep pink or magenta, sometimes spotted with white inside. Though the flowers are rather crude in color, they contrast finely with the bright green foliage. S. coccinea is a very handsome kind, with a tubular scarlet corolla, and grows in the mountain canyons of Arizona.

Hedge Nettle Stachys ciliata

Hedge Nettle Stachys ciliata. MINT FAMILY. Labiatae.