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Dwarf Betony

Stachys minima

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Dwarf Betony (Stachys minima) at The Barn Nursery and Landscape Center

Dwarf Betony in bloom

Dwarf Betony in bloom

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Plant Height:  2 inches

Flower Height:  8 inches

Spacing:  9 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Description:

A small variety producing a low rosette of narrow foliage and short chubby spikes covered with magenta-purple tubular blooms; great as a garden accent, groundcover, or in the front of borders; needs some shade in southern climates

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Betony has masses of beautiful spikes of hot pink tubular flowers with purple overtones rising above the foliage from early to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its serrated narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Betony is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Dwarf Betony is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Betony will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 9 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Dwarf Betony is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features