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Stachys officinalis 'Hummelo' - Betony (photo credit: Missouri Botanical Garden)

Perennials

Stachys officinalis 'Hummelo'

Betony

Stachys officinalis 'Hummelo' is a cousin to the familiar Lamb's-Ears, but not at all similar. This is a clump-forming perennial, forming a low mound of crispy green foliage. In early summer the upright spikes of tiny, two-lipped, rose-lavender flowers appear in dense spikes atop mostly leafless flowering stems rising well above the foliage. Removing faded flowers will encourage more buds to form for weeks on end.

An interesting and unusual perennial for near the front of the border, or in containers. Plants may be clipped back hard immediately after blooming to tidy up the clumps for the rest of the season. Clumps will spread over time to form a dense ground cover. The knee-high flower spikes are showier and somewhat more compact than those of most other forms of common betony. The flowers attract bees and butterflies.

Betony Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot, humid climates. Soils should be kept evenly moist, but established plants have some drought tolerance.

Height:

18-24 Inches

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Spread:

18-24 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

4 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Stachys officinalis 'Hummelo'

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Fall
Attributes
Mass Planting
Border or Bed
Container
Cut Flower
Edging