Hi Dr. Hill,
Shot this little wildflower today. In Richland County, in a ditch that stays pretty moist. I know it’s a hedgenettle and it looks like Carolina Hedgenettle but the plant ID site says “rare and only in the Santee area.” Can you tell me what variety of hedgenettle it is?
I believe that this is Florida betony, Stachys floridana. It seems to be spreading in SC. It has unusual looking underground tubers that look like smooth white caterpillars – I don’t know how else to describe them. An interesting plant.
Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS