Hummelo Betony (Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’)

Hummelo Betony

Hummelo Betony (Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’) enhances summer with incredible spikes of rosy-lavender flowers for an impressive display! Also known as Lambs Ear, it’s a member of the Mint family. The fact that Hummelo means bumblebee in German, goes to show you these are beloved by the butterflies, bees and hummingbirds!

Hummelo has intriguingly glossy, dark-green foliage which remains attractive all season! Each leaf is wrinkled or puckered with tightly scalloped edges. Pollinators flock to this clump-forming flowering perennial that freely naturalizes and forms lovely groundcover. Tubular blooms appear in spikes that rise above the foliage from midsummer through frost, and are great additions to floral arrangements.

The mounding foliage forms vigorous basal clumps of rounded green displays. It is absolutely lovely even when it’s not in bloom! Creeping by stolon’s underground, it forms dense mats to choke out weeds.

Planting and Application:

It makes a unique and stunning addition to any sunny border! Line a bed or walkway with the deep-green foliage and tall blooms for a great welcoming committee for your guests. Define borders with bold color and fill dappled shade meadows and edge-of-the-woods locations with beauty. Cottage gardens and rustic plantings, and formal and specimen plantings alike benefit from this tough plant. Great for containers, these will fit in any smaller urban garden or balcony planter.

This plant adds texture and color to Pollinator and Rock Gardens. These look lovely planted among Daisies, Coreopsis and Ornamental Grasses! The clumps spread to form a dense ground cover and create amazing en masse drifts of purple flowers. This easy-to-grow Betony won the 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year!

  • Rosy-Lavender Mid-Summer Flower Spikes
  • Glossy Dark-Green Textured Foliage
  • Dense Spreading Groundcover
  • Award-Winning
  • Great Cut Flower, Formal & Informal Gardens, Pollinator & Hummingbird Friendly

Tips for Care:

Perennial Hummelo needs to be planted in full sun in a well-drained area in USDA 4-8 zones. These are drought tolerant once established. Not particular on the type of soil, just be sure to keep well watered until established. Pruning is only needed to deadhead for a second bloom and to keep the plant tidy.

  • Full Sun
  • Moderately Moist, Well-Drained Soil
  • Can Be Evergreen in Mild Winters
  • Deer Resistant
  • Tolerates Black Walnut Juglone

A robust bloomer, this Stachys Hummelo Betony Plant is an outstanding garden performer!

Hummelo Betony (Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’) Details

Common name Hummelo Betony
Botanical name Stachys monieri 'Hummelo'
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 4-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 18 - 24 inches
Width 18 - 24 inches
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Lavender Pink