Stachys

Easy to grow plants for drier soils, often with attractive leaves and usually short spikes of flower in summer.

Good for bees and hoverflies.

Propagate by division after flowering or by seed for species.

The name Stachys comes from the likeness of the shape of the flower spikes to an ear of wheat.

Stachys macrantha Alba

Neat mounds of crinkled, dark green leaves that slowly spread to form a dense mat. The white flowers come up on short (8in / 20cm) spikes in summer and last for a long time. Easy and tough.

There is some question about the correct naming of this plant. Some authorities have it as Stachys monieri Alba.

Price 4.50 (9cm pot)

Stachys officinalis Hummelo

Larger mounds of crinkled, dark green leaves. The bright pink flowers come up on 1ft / 30cm spikes in summer and last for a long time. Will oftern rebloom if deadheaded before seed sets. Easy and tough.

Again, there is some question about the correct naming of this plant. Some authorities have it as a varieties of S.monieri or macrantha.

RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Price 4.50 (9cm pot)

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