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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.

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Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ears)

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

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Stachys macrantha 'Superba' (Big Betony)

Noted for the spectacular display provided by its vivid flowers, Big Betony 'Superba' (Stachys macrantha) is a wonderful perennial featuring 2-3 whorls of vibrant, violet-purple, two-lipped flower spikes held above handsome mounds of soft, wrinkled, dark green leaves with scalloped edges. They bloom for a few weeks from late spring to mid-summer and always create an incredible show when massed!

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Stachys officinalis 'Hummelo' (Bettony)

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, semi-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.

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Stachys palustris (Marsh Betony)

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.

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