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Stachys palustris (Marsh Betony)

Marsh Hedgenettle, Marsh Betony, Marsh Woundwort


Stachys palustris (Marsh Betony) is a marginal, aquatic perennial boasting thick spikes of pink or purple flowers in summer and early fall. Rich in nectar, they attract pollinators to the garden. They are borne on square stems clad with opposite pairs of leaves that are almost stalkless, linearly lanceolate and hairy. The foliage turns maroon to yellow in the fall. Marsh Betony is an enthusiastic spreader growing from a horizontal tuberous runner.

  • Grows up to 24-36 in. tall (60-90 cm) and spreads indefinitely.
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in rich, moist to wet soil at pond margins. Can be grown in water to 5 in. deep (12 cm).
  • A charming addition to pond areas, water gardens, bog gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by cuttings or division.
  • Native to parts of Eurasia but has been introduced to North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Plant Type Aquatic Plants, Perennials
Plant Family Stachys
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, Midwest, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens, Water Gardens

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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
Plant Type Aquatic Plants, Perennials
Plant Family Stachys
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Alaska, Midwest, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens, Water Gardens

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