Plant Family / Stachys
Stachys is a large genus of shrubs and perennial plants which are easy to grow in moist, well-drained soils in full sun or light shade. Two main Stachys varieties are grown in our gardens. The wonderful Lamb ears (Stachys byzantina) with soft silvery leaves and a low, spreading habit that is perfect for edging beds, softening walks, or massed as a ground cover. Incredibly showy, Big Betony (Stachys macrantha) and Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis) provide a very different floral display, foliage and plant habit with their green leaves and glowing purple flower spikes which stand like sentinels in the midsummer garden border, herb garden or cottage garden.
Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina) is a wonderful evergreen perennial, mostly grown for its rich rosettes of showy, velvety, silvery tongue-shaped leaves, resembling lamb's ears and bringing interest to the border. Pink-purple flower spikes appear in late spring or early summer. Their fuzzy flowers add textural interest
Noted for the spectacular display provided by its vivid flowers, Big Betony (Stachys macrantha) is a wonderful perennial featuring 2-3 whorls of vibrant, pink to purple, two-lipped flower spikes held above handsome mounds of soft, wrinkled, dark green leaves with scalloped edges