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Stachys monieri 'Hummelo'

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

Unlike Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ear), this species forms large, rounded clumps of green, long and narrow, textured leaves. It is lovely even when it's not in bloom. From early thru midsummer, sturdy spikes of lavender-rose flowers shoot up through the foliage, putting on quite a display.

Though this plant is relatively unknown to many gardeners, it makes a unique addition to any sunny border.  Once you try it, you'll see that it goes with just about everything else in the garden.  It is very easy to grow and deserves to be planted more widely in American landscapes.

Stachys m. 'Hummelo' received the highest rating out of 22 Stachys studied in the Plant Evaluation Trials at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The trial was run from 1998-2004 by Richard G. Hawke. Both 'Helene von Stein' (aka 'Big Ears') and 'Silver Carpet' also received very high scores.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  18-20 Inches
Spread:
  18 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
  Purple 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. Good drainage is essential for this plant. Divide every 3-4 years in spring or more frequently if plants become woody in the center.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose' PP12909
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Coreopsis verticillata 'Golden Showers'
Common Name: Coreopsis-Threadleaf
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Monarda didyma 'Pink Lace' PP18367 CPBRAF
Common Name: Bee Balm
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Sedum 'Xenox' PP16888 CPBR3451
Common Name: Stonecrop
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Sedum repestre 'Angelina'
Common Name: Stonecrop-Blue Spruce
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
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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.