Betony (Betonica officinalis)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Betonica officinalis Accepted
Stachys officinalis Synonym

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
Fragrant
Other: Soft to the touch.
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Uses: Groundcover
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
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

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Comments:
Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 26, 2013 6:21 AM

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.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 1, 2014 6:04 PM

Stachys officinalis reportedly attracts a beneficial insect which feeds on aphids: the hoverfly.

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Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Feb 4, 2015 10:42 AM

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.

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