Lamb's Ears, Heal All, Self Heal, Woundwort, Betony, Hedgenettle

It is estimated that there are between 300 and 400 species in this genus depending on the taxonomist consulted. They are native to Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. The genus name comes from the Greek for "an ear of grain" and refers to the inflorescence form.

 

PGC-P-Stachys-byzantina-2010-10

Stachys byzantina Lamb's Ears, Woolly Betony
S. grandiflora  
S. macrantha
(S. grandiflora, Betonica grandiflora)
 
S. officinalis Common Betony
S. olympicus
(S. fanata)
Lamb's Ears, Woolly Betony

Species Hgt
(in)
Flower
Color
Foliage
Color
S. byzantina 12-15 Purple Gray
S. macrantha 12-24 Purple Green
S. officinalis 18-24 Red-purple Green

* Guides and Keys are from the book "Herbaceous Perennial Plants A Treatise on their Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes" by Dr Allan M. Armitage of the University of Georgia. Varsity Press, Athens, Georgia. 1989 ISBN 0-942375-00. More on Dr Armitage and his other books.

 

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