*Stachys arvensis

Family Lamiaceae

Stagger Weed

Annual herb to 35 cm high, with opposite leaves; branches densely hairy. Longevity less than 1 year.

Flowers: White or pale pink, February – October.

Fruit: Dry fruit, splitting into 4 one-seeded units.


Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Europe and the Mediterranean, reportedly naturalised near Sydney by 1804.
  • Weed of cultivation, not invasive of bushland.
  • Occasional in woodland and grassland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Killed by fire.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Stachys arvensis plant 

Stachys arvensis flower