Betony seeds – stachys officinalis– can be sown onto on a wide variety of soils and will grow well in a variety of habitats such as open woodland, hedgerows and grassland. Plants will tolerate sites where there is plenty of sunlight and also a degree of shade, so all in all this species makes for a very good general-purpose wildflower. Betony is a low growing species with a rich red flower that appears from June to August. Plants are highly attractive to Bees and other insects. Betony looks best growing with other plants that flower in early to mid summer such as Oxeye daisies, Greater Knapweed, Meadow Cranesbills, Ladies Bedstraw and Dropwort.
Betony seeds should be sown in spring or autumn, either outside, where they are to flower, or in seed trays and covered lightly with compost. Germination can sometimes be erratic and patience may be required ! Once germination has occurred, the seedlings can be pricked out and grown on, for planting out later in the year.
Please click here to purchase Betony seeds. To ensure the best chance of success, we sell all of our wildflower seeds by weight, which ensures each wildflower seed packet contains a good quantity of seeds. The recommended sowing rate is 1 gram per square metre, and the number of seeds per gram is approx. 600. All of our Wildflower seed packets contain seeds of Native British provenance.