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Betony

Stachys coccinea

Texas Betony, Hedge-Nettle, Scarlet Hedge-Nettle, Texas Woundwort

About This Plant

Sun or shade; it needs less water in filtered shade. A low-sprawling evergreen perennial with scarlet-red blooms and softly (and sometimes sharply) fuzzy apple-green leaves. Betony is deer resistant and drought-tolerant; tender new foliage may be burned or discolored, however, in extreme cold (below 20 degrees). It can be well-behaved in the garden, and attracts hummingbirds. The name and nativity have been disputed over time; although planted in “Texas native” gardens, it is unclear whether any wild native populations ever existed in West Texas.

Origins: Moist canyons of New Mexico and northern Mexico

Maintenance

None required; may appreciate some light supplemental water in summer weather.

A native of New Mexico: soft, fuzzy leaves and bright red blooms.

Min. Height: 2'

Max Height: 3 feet'

Min. Width: 2'

Max Width: 3 feet'

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