Betonica officinalis


Common Name: Betony



Lamiaceae (family name)
Forage for Pollinators: Produces Nectar for Long-tongued and Short-tongued Bumblebees, especially popular with the Wool-carder bumblebee (Anthidium manicartum). Pollinated by bees.
Flowering time: June, July, August, September.
Growing information: NATIVE PERENNIAL WILDFLOWER growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.4 m (1ft 6in). A long-lived grassland wildflower preferring damp, slightly acidic and poor soils of meadows, hedge-banks, open woodland. Leaves can be used as a tea substitute. Has a long history of use as a medicinal herb for a wide range of complaints such as ‘frayed nerves’ or poor memory. It is noted for attracting wildlife.
(Sow in late summer or autumn to allow a period of chilling to break seed dormancy)