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PlantFiles: Scarlet Hedge Nettle, Scarlet Hedgenettle, Seven-up Plant, Texas Betony, Texas Woundwort
Stachys coccinea

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stachys (STAK-iss) (Info)
Species: coccinea (kok-SIN-ee-uh) (Info)

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19 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative sunshine_2 On Aug 25, 2010, sunshine_2 from Granite City, IL wrote:

My scarlett hedgenettly will not bloom, any suggestions????

Positive CBernard On Oct 22, 2004, CBernard from Perris, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I am so excited about this plant in my garden!! I really have good vibes about it. I am thinking about planting three more from the same source this fall (Fall 2005)!! It attracts hummingbirds almost hourly. It is nice to feed the hummingbirds from a natural source instead of sugar!!

12/7/2005 edit...This plant is really worth the money. I have added two more Scarlet Hedgenettles. The plants I had last year growing season are still blooming even though we have already had two frosts

6/15/2006 edit...The two extra Scarlet Hedgenettles were overwhelmed by the plant that I started last year. Who says that this plant is small? The Scarlet Hedgenettle that I have is 3 ft hi by 5 ft wide. As soon as the blooming slows down, I will prune it.

July 4,2009 update - 2006 was the last year this plant grew freely in my garden. Then all of a sudden, this spring 2009, one of them came back up with no warning and really reminded me of the beauty of this flower. It is also quite large. The hummingbirds love them.


Positive htop On Mar 1, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Texas Red/Crimson Texas Betony
One of my favorites because it is evergreen, very heat and cold tolerant and disease and insect free. It has withstood 113 degree and 17 degree weather! At 17 degrees it experienced some freeze burn on young leaves. It blooms almost constantly except during extreme cold. Tender young leaves turn a crimson in cold weather. It performs wonderfully in sun or partial shade. Give it plenty of room because it branches into a beautiful mound which can override other plants. As a container plant, it overflows so much the container is hidden and the unit looks like a small shrub. Use as a border plant. Prune to maintain size. Propogate by dipping in root stimulator medium, sticking in soil and keeping moist for a week or two. Mine have never reached 2 feet tall. The average heighth has been 18 inches. I have found it does best in filtered or partial shade where it requires less water; in fact, once established I water it infrquently.

Neutral Baa On Jan 15, 2003, Baa wrote:

An evergreen perennial from Texas and Mexico.

Has ovate to almost triangular, bright green, wrinkled leaves, the leaves and stems are covered in soft white hairs. Bears 2 lipped, scarlet red flowers.

Flowers mainly May-September

Loves a well drained soil in full sun. Dislikes too much winter wet so may need some protection in rainy regions.

Positive loisbeth On May 3, 2002, loisbeth wrote:

Texas native perennial. Very drought resistant once established. Scarlet flowers throughout the season. Trim occasionally to keep compact. Hummingbirds LOVE this one.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Alameda, California
Perris, California
Red Wing, Minnesota
New Bern, North Carolina
Abilene, Texas
Atlanta, Texas
Austin, Texas (3 reports)
Belton, Texas
Crawford, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
Los Fresnos, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (4 reports)
Spring Branch, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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