Delightful native British wildflower with striking pinky-purple flowers on tall stems above clumps of lush green foliage. In summer, the flowers are a magnet for bees and other beneficial insects and the flowers last right through to October. Loves damp conditions making it the perfect plant for pond edges. Other habitats where Betony will happily grow include meadows, lightly grazed pasture, hedge banks and open woodlands.
Flowers: June to October
Position: Sun or semi shade in damp (but not waterlogged) soil
Packet of 100 seeds
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These seeds have a dormancy which needs to be broken by a cold period before they will germinate properly.
Sow in autumn to early winter. Sow in pots or trays on the surface of moist compost then just cover with a fine sprinkling of compost.
Maintain in a coldframe, unheated greenhouse or in a sheltered spot outdoors – cover the tray with a transparent lid to keep the critters out.
Sow directly into their flowering position. Clear all weeds, rake the soil finely, scatter seeds the lightly press them into the soil. Water with a fine spray.
To prolong flowering and prevent self seeding, remove the spent flowers just as the petals start to fall. Otherwise, when flowering has finished in autumn, remove the dead plants, shake well to scatter the seed and rake the area lightly. New plants will grow the following spring.