Habitat: sunny places
Soil: moderately fertile, well drained
Height: 25 cm
Width: 25 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 byzantina 'Silky Fleece' is Lamb's lugs, but from the tenderest baby lambs. It is just 25 cm tall when in flower, with spikes of plum-coloured flowers. The rest of the time it is just a soft and silkily smooth as the rest of its clan.
2 litre pot £6.00
|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.|
|Stachys byzantina has silvery grey leaves that are so soft and hairy that they feel just like lambs' lugs - its popular name. It makes spreading mats, great for filling a space in a sunny border, and has stems with cluster of pink flowers, mixed with more soft, silver hairs.|
|Stachys byzantina 'Primrose Heron' is Lamb's lugs but from yellow lambs! Foliage here is yellowy-grey, with spikes of dark pink, furry flowers.|
|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.|
|Stachys macrantha 'Violacea' has large, purple-violet flowers in summer above the mats of fresh-green, crinkled foliage.|
|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.|