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Stachys officinalis 'Pink Cotton Candy' PP21436

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Betony

If you’ve always liked Stachys m. ‘Hummelo’ but would like to try it in a softer color, try the new ‘Pink Cotton Candy’.  This plant looks much like ‘Hummelo’ but produces plump wands of cotton candy pink flowers in early to midsummer. May rebloom in fall.

In our trials, the plant formed a tidy clump of green, basal foliage and was topped with loads of showy flower spikes which the bees adored.  The foliage looked great all season long. 

This plant arose as an open-pollinated seedling found in 2003 among the betonies under evaluation by Richard Hawke of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Intro Year: 2009

Breeder: Richard Hawke

Introducer: Chicago Botanic Garden

Parentage: open-pollinated seedling

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  24 Inches
Spread:
  16-20 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Mass Planting
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Stachys grows best in full sun but will also tolerate partial shade. Average moisture and good drainage are essential for this plant.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Digitalis hybrida 'Camelot Rose'
Common Name: Foxglove
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Sedum 'Sunset Cloud'
Common Name: Stonecrop-Autumn
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose' PP12909
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise'
Common Name: Tickseed
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Geranium 'Sweet Heidy' PP19533
Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
5,6,7,8
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.