Stachys / Betonica

The common name Lamb’s Ear – Stachys byzantina – applies to the most familiar variety of Stachys, a ground cover with lovely grey, felt-like leaves. There is no better grey-leaved ground cover to use in the border. As a member of the Lamiaceae family, the Stachys byzantina makes an excellent addition to your garden. It also has remarkable ecological benefits: It’s cold hardy, and its rhizomes are highly resistant to drought.

Stachys monieri hummelo or big betony
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Apart from the S. byzantina, which prefers dry soil, the other Stachys species are very easy plants with no special requirements. One of the best known is Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’, which has become a world plant and is named after the nursery of Piet Oudolf from The Netherlands. You can leave the plants on the same spot for years, although after about eight years they’ll get a bit high on their feet. Then it’s time to tear them down. Did you know that the beautiful Stachys officinalis, named Betonica or common name Betony, was originally a native plant? Woodland thorn (S. sylvatica) and Swamp thorn (S. palustris) are common species in our country, but somewhat less suitable for the garden. They can be very rampant. What we used to grow under Stachys monieri should now become Stachys officinalis. Betonica officinalis is a name often used for this plant. All our Stachys perennials are grown eco-friendly, pesticide-free and are therefore a lovely way to create a bee-friendly garden.