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Stachys densiflora 'Hummelo'

Stachys densiflora 'Hummelo'
alpine betony
Stachys densiflora 'Hummelo'

Synonym(s) Stachys monnieri
Common name alpine betony
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers rose-pink (late spring)
Size 24"
Light sun-part shade
Seed ripenslate September

Pretty flower spikes over tidy crinkly foliage. It got a bit buried by larger plants surrounding it in a crowded corner of our side garden this year - I'll have to find a more stage-center location for it to show off its charms.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Baggy 70F with light (5w; 3%G, 9d). Pot outside mid-February (3%G by May 1)
  2. Seed from '12 garden, cold-stored since harvest. Baggy 70F with light (6%G, 8-11d)

I never get much germination from this species, even when I take care to keep the seed refrigerated. Some years I get no germination at all - the entries above represent the years I got at least some.

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