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Dwarf Betony

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A small variety producing a low rosette of narrow foliage and short chubby spikes covered with magenta-purple tubular blooms; great as a garden accent, groundcover, or in the front of borders; needs some shade in southern climates

Characteristics

Species:
minima
Average Landscape Height:
2 inches (8 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
12 inches
Genus:
Stachys
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
over mound
Canopy:
low
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
9 inches
Flower Color:
hot pink
Flower Bicolor:
purple
Flower Form:
tubular
Flower Period:
from early to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Betony has masses of beautiful spikes of hot pink tubular flowers with purple overtones rising above the foliage from early to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its serrated narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Betony is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Betony will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 9 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Dwarf Betony is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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