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Betony Seeds

Stachys Officianalis
Bishop's wort, common hedgenettle, purple betony, wood betony.

Betony is a British native perennial wildflower, with delightful purple-red blooms and fresh green, toothed foliage. It's typically found in grasslands and hedgerows, but does well in gardens. Its other common names include: common hedgenettle, purple betony, wood betony, bishopwort, or bishop's wort. Like other members of the dead nettle (Lamiaceae) family, betony can be identified by its square stems and lipped flowers, which are a magnet for bees and other pollinators.


Contents: Approximately 50 seeds

Average height: 70-100cm
Aspect: Sun or semi-shade
Soil type: all kinds of soils, calcareous and well aerated soils
Sowing time: Spring, late summer or autumn
Flowering period: June-September
Colour: Purple

The seeds are best sown in March directly into soil or can be sown in pots. If growing in pots then a large volume planter is recommended to accommodate the very long rhizome. It is also possible to sow the seeds in autumn (mid-October), as the herb is a cold germ and requires longer phases with low temperatures for germination. The plant germinates in the dark so the seeds should be covered with soil about 2 to 3 cm deep. Planting distance of at least 40 x 40 cm, to avoid nutrient competition. 

Our packaging is made from FSC recycled cardboard and environmentally friendly inks. The seed bags are waxed paper or compostable starch to keep seeds in the best condition during storage. 

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