Betonica officinalis (Betony) [20 Seeds]

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Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because germination may be slow and irregular. The easiest approach is to surface-sow (do not cover) the seeds in a pot in fall to late winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after February, set the pot in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for about a month before moving it to a bright place indoors or outdoors for germination. (Remove the bag if the pot will be exposed to any direct sun.)

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Betony (Betonica officinalis, formerly Stachys officinalis) produces dense basal clumps of scalloped, deep green leaves. Upright, 18- to 24-inch-tall stems are topped with spikes of flowers in shades of purplish pink in early to midsummer. If you aren’t planning to collect seed, I suggest shearing the whole plant to about 1 inch above the ground once the flowers are finished; the plants will then produce a tidy mound of fresh leaves that look good through the rest of the growing season. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 4 to 8.

Harvested in August 2020. At least 20 seeds.

Please read the germination information as well before ordering.

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