Stachys macrantha "Grandiflora" (Big Betony)
I have grown Betony for years because I like its crinkly, arrow-shaped green leaves and spikes of pink/lavender hooded, two-lipped flowers; I even like the name "Betony." This is, however, the first time I have grown "Big Betony," and from the looks of the pretty scalloped leaves, I can already tell that this perennial plant is a little different. "Big Betony" promises to grow from one to two feet tall with a spread the same, with spikes of larger flowers than those of "Little Betony." Big or little, Betony prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil in full sun, but in hot, humid areas, afternoon shade would be a blessing. Zones 4-8. Quarts. (Lovely photo donated by Fredrik Lahnn, Wiki Commons, and in the public domain).