Pink Snakeweed, Red Porterweed, Changeable velvetberry;

Stachytarpheta mutabilis Vahl Enum. Pl. [Vahl] i. 208. 1804.
Chamundi hills, Mysore
Date/Time- Sep 2010

Please Validate- Plant from Nahan (HP):
This erect, high, herbaceous plant was found growing in a place known as Round Villa in Nahan town of Himachal Pradesh and was shot on April 23, 2011.
I think this is known as Stachytarpheta mutabilisSnake Weed, this is a new plant for me, may be an ornamental escape. Please validate/correct the id.

This is an ornamental Stachytarpheta. Cultivated species.

Yes, it does look like S. mutabilis to me too.

Stachytarpheta mutabilis Syn: Verbena mutabilis

Seems to be, it is a Svensonia ? Please check.

Stachytarpheta mutabilis – 190112 – RK – 3:
One more Stachy- Pic taken in Bannaraghatta Butterfly Park –
[B’ghatta National Park ], Bangalore on 04-10-09 at 2.30pm.


Flora of Kerala: Stachytarpheta mutabilis from Depthi Cultural Center Garden Calicut:

Stachytarpheta mutabilis from Depthi Cultural Center Garden Calicut
Shot in December
pls validate

Oh It’s nice to observe this red coloured Stachytarpheta mutabilis

what a nice unusual color. in Bengal herb gardens I have only seen the bluish/violetish flowers


stachytarpheta mutabilis : 2 posts by 2 authors.
Sir Please give the availability of Stachytarpheta mutabilis species (Verbaniaceae)

It seems it is available in the out skirts of Bangalore.

Lamiaceae (including Verbenaceae) Fortnight : Stachytarpheta mutabilis : Nasik : 20MAY15 : AK-56 : 56/58 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
From Gangajal Nursery, Nasik.
A cultivated garden plant.

since its a mutabilis what other color flowers did it have? what do they turn into?


These shots were taken at Nahan, Himachal Pradesh..
Stachytarpheta mutabilis

Thanks … Do remind on the way.

since its a mutabilis
what do the flowers change to ?
color i mean


Lamiaceae (incl. Verbenaceae) Fortnight :: Verbenaceae :: Stachytarpheta mutabilis :: Jijamata Udyan, Flower Show :: ARKMAY-69/69 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Attached are pictures of Stachytarpheta mutabilis captured at Jijamata Udyan, Flower Show in February 2014.
Requested to validate the ID…

For me your ID is correct. Nevertheless, please check the leaf characters for confirmation.

It is my pleasure to share few images of Stachytarpheta mutabilis  (Verbenaceae

Habit: Under shrub

Habitat: Wild, Scrub forest

Sighting: Hassan, Karnataka, about 800 msl

Date: 04-06-2014, 4-11-2014 and 29-09-2015


Stachytarpheta mutabilis :: TMC Biodiversity Park :: 15 APR 18 : 2 posts by 2 authors. 4 images.
TMC Biodiversity Park  Thane
Date: April 15, 2018 … Altitude: about 15 m (50 feet) asl

Stachytarpheta mutabilis  (Jacq.) Vahl


SK1440 14 Sep 2018 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (6)- around 600 kb each.
Location: Hong Kong Park
Date: 13 August 2018
Elevation: 200 ft.
Habit : Cultivated
Forgot the name ! 
Verbena ..??

yes a verbana sp. pink porterweed. hairy leaves, pink flowers on spikes.
Stachytarpheta sp, most likely S. mutabilis
queensland gov website talks of colors of flowers in different sp

Not sure if this is wild one.
Could be Stachytarpetha speciosa.

Stachytarpheta mutabilis (Jacq.) Vahl ??

from the various floras etc. one needs measurements of flowers and the spike etc. so final sp level dx would be a guess at best unless it was labeled by whoever was growing it
was it?

Fwd: IDENTIFICATION OF THE FLORA AND INSECTS kmn7 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)

Stachytarpheta mutabilis (Jacq.) Vahl



Chascanum hyderabadense (Walp.) Moldenke SN Aug 32 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Chascanum hyderabadense (Walp.) Moldenke (= Bouchea hyderabadensis Walp),
tall undershrub from Yercaud hill station Tamilnadu

Thanks … for showing… This taxon can be confused with Stachytarpheta..

To me looks different from references and other images at Chascanum hyderabadense (Walp.) Moldenke

Bouchea hyderabadense Walp. is the synonym of Chascanum hyderabadense 

Stachytarpheta mutabilis is also applicable

It looks like Stachytarpheta mutabilis; the flora picture is not clear


Stachytarpheta mutabilis (Jacq.) Vahl: 1 very high res. image.

Location: Miraya Greens Resort, Bengaluru, India
Date: 25 March 2023
Altitude: 940m.
Habitat : Cultivated

Yes … Common here.

Yes, as per images at


Verbenaceae: Stachytarpheta mutabilis (Jacq.) Vahl: 1 high res. image.

synonym: Stachytarpheta purpurea Greenm.
location/date: Nandi Hills, Bangalore, Karnataka, July 1997