Wood Betony

April 3, 2014

Wood Betony

 

( Betonica officinalis syn. Stachys officinalis )

 

Common Names:Wood, Betony, Bishopswort, Betony

 

Wood Betony is an old fashioned prairie or grassland herb which will grow happily on the outskirts of shady areas and into full sun locations.

 

Readily competing in a dense and mixed planting, suited to meadow & prairie style mass plantings, or in large stands in a mixed perennial garden.

 

Spikes of purple flowers appear at the end of Spring on stiff stems to 75cm. Flowers hold well, and with long stems make an excellent cut flower.

 

Betony has various medicinal/herbal uses and is steeped in Germanic folklore.

 

As a perennial, foliage forms permanent oval leafed green clump to 30cm wide in Winter, growing quickly to full height by Mid Spring to 45cm prior to flowering.
 

A relative of both Lambs Ears and MInt expect rapid establishment.

Water lightly when needed in Spring & Summer as this tolerates drier conditions, but will require regular watering in hotter months.

 

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