Belongs to: mint family

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

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

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

© Tony Gunton

© Ken King