Florida Betony (Rattlesnake Weed)
Scientific Name - Stachys floridana Shuttlew.
Family - Labiatae
Smooth or hairy, delicate, freely branched perennial, from slender underground stems with segmented white tubers resembling a "rattlesnake's rattle". Leaves opposite, long stalked, lance-shaped, usually with a nearly flat base. Stems square. Flowers white to pink with purple spots. Reproduces primarily by tubers. Turf, roadsides, thickets and shrub borders. Native to Florida until it escaped in the 1940's or 1950's. Now found from North Carolina to Texas. Thought to be moved with nursery stock and ornamental plants.