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Stachys officinalis 'Hummelo' (Bettony)

Betony 'Hummelo', Wood Betony 'Hummelo', Bishop's Wort 'Hummelo', Stachys macrantha 'Hummelo', Stachys Monieri 'Hummelo', Stachys Densiflora 'Hummelo', Betonica officinalis 'Hummelo'


Wood Betony 'Hummelo' (Stachys officinalis) is a wonderful perennial featuring hot pink flower spikes that emerge on stiff, square stems from a neat mound of glossy, dark green, heart-shaped, emi-evergreen leaves with scalloped edges. Blooming for weeks from early to mid summer, the blooms hold their shape through the fall, providing structural interest even after they are spent. This plant is a beauty from the moment it begins to develop in spring and provides a spectacular display when massed.

  • This plant has a tidy look to it, without requiring any pruning to keep it that way. 
  • Aside from the interest provided by its lovely blossoms, it is drought tolerant (once established), deer or rabbit resistant and requires little maintenance.
  • Thriving in full sun or light shade (in hot and humid areas), in average, medium, well-drained soils, it generally grows in a compact rounded clump up to 2 feet tall (60 cm).
  • Pollinators are attracted to the abundant nectar provided by the tiny, orchid-like flowers that comprise the brightly colored spikes.
  • Hardy to zones 4 to 8, this plant keeps its foliage in warm winter climates.
  • Wonderful for edging, borders, informal naturalized spots or cottage gardens. Valuable as a cut flower too! Plant in groups of 3 or more, for better visual impact.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Stachys
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Photo Botanik Foto, Gap Photos/Manuela Goehner/Jo Whitworth - Design: Piet Oudolf. Location: Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Stachys
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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