Stachys, Scarlet Hedge Nettle, Texas Betony, Texas Woundwort, Lamb's Ear 'Hidalgo'

Stachys coccinea

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



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall




Other details:

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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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Hereford, Arizona

Alameda, California

Fairfield, California

San Jose, California

Vista, California

West Linn, Oregon

Concrete, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 29, 2015, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

LOVE this plant! If you're buying a little 3" pot in mid spring, the plant can look a little forlorn and shapeless for several weeks, but don't despair! Once the warm weather makes an appearance for good, stand back and watch out! This little insignificant start rapidly turns into a low billowing shrub that, when looking lengthwise down the perennial border, bursts into a frothy salmon colored haze. So very pleasing to the heavier leaves and show-stopping blooms of other flowers. It's always sold in the perennial section in my NW Washington State area but it's only an annual for me. Though it's rated down to 0*, it didn't make it through our 1 week of 5* weather. I didn't expect it to. I'm actually wondering if the heavy rains (we're right up against the mountains) were more than ... read more


On Aug 19, 2012, Susan_C from Alameda, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Love this plant! I have it in part sun, and it has been blooming its head off for months. The foliage is so pretty and fragrant, and the flowers are an elegant and unusual shade of salmon. Definitely a keeper for me.


On Jun 8, 2009, canipity from Parkesburg, PA wrote:

This plant smells absolutley wonderful, a little like sweet 7-Up, hence its name. The hummingbirds couldn't get enough of them. Did great in their pots but declined a little when I put them in the ground. Didn't come back this year in zone 6b. I'm trying stachys "Pow Wow" this year. Doesn't have the same fragrance and doesn't have the soft foliage though.