Stachys macrantha



Habitat: sunny places


Soil: any good garden soil


Height: 40 cm


Flowering: late spring and early summer


Width: 40 cm



The various kinds of betony all have angular upright stems and soft, hairy leaves, usually aromatic. The labiate flowers are clustered along the upper parts of the stems, often small in themselves, but together making attractive splashes of colour, which is usually in the pink-purple range.

Stachys macrantha is known as the 'big betony'. It makes clumps of hairy leaves, with upright stems carrying the whorls of flowers, tubular and coloured pale purple.
2 litre pot £8.00

Stachys - some other suggestions
invisible.gif Stachys balcanica is an unusual species of betony for a sunny border, with rough, dark green leaves and white flowers in congested heads. Also known as Stachys haussknechtii and Betonica haussknechtii - you never know when that may come in useful for a pub quiz.
invisible.gif Stachys byzantina 'Primrose Heron' is Lamb's lugs but from yellow lambs! Foliage here is yellowy-grey, with spikes of dark pink, furry flowers.
invisible.gif Stachys grandiflora superba forms strong clumps that are drought tolerant once established. The strong pink flower spikes attract bees.
stachys_monieri.jpg Stachys monieri white-flowered makes strong rosettes of rich green, hairy leaves, from which arise the fairly tall, dense spikes of white flowers in summer. The species is also known as the alpine betony.