General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Soft to the touch.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Groundcover
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Needs specific temperature: 70F
Days to germinate: 21-35
Depth to plant seed: Surface sow.
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow late winter, 8-10 weeks before last frost. Transplant in the Spring. Pinch back when transplanting. Space 16" apart. Self seeds & spreads by roots.
Pollinators: Bees

Common names
  • Betony
  • Wood Betony
  • Bishop's Wort
  • Lousewort
  • Lamb's Ear
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Betonica officinalis
  • Synonym: Stachys officinalis

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Location: Hamilton Square Perennial Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2014-05-30
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-06-15
Location: Hamilton Square Perennial Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2014-06-06
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2020-08-23
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2017-06-17
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-06-28
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2012-09-24
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2013-09-10
Location: Lake Stevens, WA
Date: 2017-10-25

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo by Leo Michels
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2012-09-24
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2014-07-28

Photo by Leo Michels

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  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 26, 2013 6:21 AM concerning plant:
    This herb is potent whether fresh or dried. Betony can be used to make a tasty and fragrant tisane that tastes similar to black tea. It is reportedly high in polyphenols. The essential oil is anti-bacterial.
  • Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Feb 4, 2015 10:42 AM concerning plant:
    A hardy and adaptable herbaceous perennial. Can be found growing in woods and shady places. A delicious tea can made from the leaves of woundwort and half an orange. Good for warming and strengthening; also used to relieve aches and pains. Sow seeds in early spring.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 1, 2014 6:04 PM concerning plant:
    Stachys officinalis reportedly attracts a beneficial insect which feeds on aphids: the hoverfly.
Discussion Threads about this plant
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Not Stachys macrantha by growitall Jun 14, 2014 6:52 PM 1

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