February 1, 2023

Stachys Officinalis - Hummelo

Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ is also known as Stachys macrantha – ‘Hummelo’, Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’, Betony ‘Hummelo’, Betony, Purple Betony, Bishopwort, Bishop’s Wort, Common Hedgenettle, Stachys betonica, or Betonica officinalis. It is native to Europe, Asia and North Africa.

Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ is a grassland herb. It is clump-forming. It is a herbaceous perennial. It grows to about 60cm or 2ft tall. Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ has reddish-purple sometimes pink flowers. It flowers in the summer. It is native to Europe and Asia. Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ belongs to the Lamiaceae family of plants.

Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ has scallop-edged, wrinkled, and ovate leaves. They are dark green and form a basal clump. The plant is 12in or 30cm tall. When it flowers, the flower stems rise another 12in or 30cm above the leaves. The flowers are two-lipped.

Different countries in Europe have used Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ in traditional medicine. They claim many benefits from treating arthritis and gout to gastrointestinal issues and even sorcery!

Stachys Officinalis - Hummelo
Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’

How to grow Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’:

Grow Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ in full sun or partial shade. Plant it in moist but well-drained soil. It should be kept moist but never soggy. In hot climates give it a bit of afternoon shade.

Deadhead flowers to prolong the blooming season and divide clumps in spring. Great in borders or as ground cover. It spreads by creeping stems. It is generally disease-free and pest-free. Watch out for snails and slugs.

Stachys Officinalis - Hummelo
Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’

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