Cooley’s Hedge Nettle

Stachys cooleyae

photo of Stachys cooleyae


Range: Southern BC to Northern California


Climate, elevation: Low elevation in wetter areas


Local occurrence: Common in Pacific North West


Habitat preferences: Very common in and near stream channels and also found in open woods, clearings and roadsides.


Plant strategy type/successional stage: Common under story species in open forests. Often found of gravel bars near rivers and streams in low elevations.


Associated species: Very closely related to Mexican hedge nettle.


May be collected as: Seed, or as division.


Collection restrictions or guidelines: Collect seeds from July- August, cuttings from mature plant


Seed germination: No seed dormancy. Germinates 15 days after sowing, with 40% success (Young, 2001).


Recommended seed storage conditions: Seeds should be stored in cool dry place (Young, 2001)


Propagation recommendations: Place flat on heated bench, and let establish for at least a month


Soil or medium requirements: Peat based mix, with coarse materials and plenty of water, to simulate streamside conditions.


Care requirements after installed: If installed in properly moist area, watering is not necessary


Sources cited


Young, Betty. 2001. Propagation protocol for production of container Stachys ajugoides Benth. var. ajugoides plants (4 inch pot); Golden Gate National Parks, San Francisco, California. In: Native Plant Network. URL: (accessed 25 May 2006). Moscow (ID): University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources, Forest Research Nursery.


Pojar, Jim and Markinnon, Andy. 1994. Plants of The Pacific Northwest Coast Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. B.C Forest Service, Research Program


Data compiled by: Joshua Hegarty, 25 May 2006