Betony Stachys officinalis


Best time to see: Jul to Aug

Key facts

A plant once common in damp meadows but now largely restricted to nature reserves

Leaves are oblong and slightly toothed, all but the topmost with stalks

Loose spikes of reddish-purple (and occasionally pink) flowers in summer, growing 30 cm or more high

Extras

Leaves were used to relieve head colds and headaches and to heal wounds

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Ken King