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Plants of the San Marcos Foothills Preserve

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Stachys bullata (California hedge-nettle, wood mint)

Generally un-common native perennial herb found in oak woodland. Flowers are pink. Blooms in spring. Leaves are aromatic.

Stachys bullata (California Hedge-nettle, Wood Mint) NATIVE. Pictured in summer.


Stachys bullata (California Hedge-nettle, Wood Mint) NATIVE. Pictured in summer.


Stachys bullata (California Hedge-nettle, Wood Mint) NATIVE. Pictured in spring.


Stachys bullata (California Hedge-nettle, Wood Mint) NATIVE. Pictured in summer.


Stachys bullata (California Hedge-nettle, Wood Mint) NATIVE. Pictured in summer.


Native Stachys bullata (left) should not be confused with non-native Lamium amplexicaule (right). Both are in the mint family, have similar flowers and have a similar scent. The shape of the leaves differ greatly between the two. Stachys bullata grows in oak woodland and Lamium amplexicaule is a weed that grows mostly in disturbed areas.