Stachys densiflora 'Hummelo'
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.
||rose-pink (late spring)
|Seed ripens||late September|
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|jenna||Oct 15, 2006||i think it would be helpful to list the leaf type, leaf margin and the venation type in the future
|Jo Laskowski||Sep 15, 2009||I spent way too long deadheading several of these plants by cutting the flower spike all the way down to the base. Is there a more efficient way to take care of this?|
I just leave the flowerstalks up, until the major garden cleanup in late fall or spring.
|Char DV||Aug 03, 2010||I received a this plant as a hostess gift last weekend, the plant stake listed only Stachysdensiflora "rosa." Knowing nothing about the beauty, I googled for information. Among several listings, yours has been the most informative. Thanks for your help! |
|alice wutzke||Nov 09, 2010||Is this related to the so called obedient plant? The flowers and square stem made me wonder. The obedient plant is extremely invasive by underground runner roots. It arrived in my garden two years ago and since at the time I didn't know what it was and admired the flowers I let it grow. The following year it was everywhere in that bed. I then looked it up and started to try to eliminate it. I still get shoots this year. The only plus is that the roots are white and thick and easy to distinguish from other plant roots, but often the entire plant must be lifted, the invasive roots removed and then the plant replanted. Thanks for any info.|
Well, they are related in that obedient plant and lamb's ear are both in the mint family - but that's a huge family, whose members have vastly different habits. Lamb's ear is not invasive by roots - it spreads its clump slowly, and is easy to contain. It does increase its numbers by seed as well, but there too, control is fairly easy.
|Judy In Seattle||May 08, 2012||I found this growing in masses in my favorite garden center's display garden. After an employee picked a tstem and she and t others looked in their huge book....the three of them decided it was anoxious KNOTWEED and I shouldn't presue it any further. I took the little stem home and revived it in a vase. I am thrilled to have found it here & that it's NOT a trouble maker and now I can take your info to they nursery and (nicely) show the experts what they really have & maybe get some for my garden. Thanks|
Hmm, that's a strange diagnosis – it doesn't look anything like knotweed!
- Baggy 70F with light (5w; 3%G, 9d). Pot outside mid-February (3%G by May 1)
- 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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