Wood Betony Seeds
Wood Betony Seeds
Chemical-free farm-grown Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis) seeds for organic growing.
All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.
1 pkg (approx 60-80 seeds)
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
England and Wales
A pretty garden plant inspiring whimsy, this is another plant of the fairies. Spires of pink flowers rise from a mound of slightly crinkled glossy leaves. Long-lived purple flowers are a favourite of bees & butterflies. Grows 1-2 ft tall. Flowers July to September.
The plants stay fairly small and in a tidy mound, rising to 2ft tall and 1ft wide in bloom.
A sunny position with moderately fertile soil is preferable. Naturally at home in dry grasslands and meadows the plants don't seem to require much water throughout the season.
Seeds do best started in flats indoors in early spring. Germination is spotty, a 50% germination rate is common.
Easy to care for. Does not self-seed or spread. Flower stalks can be cut back after blooming to keep plants tidy.
The aerial parts can be harvested in bloom. The leaves become much more medicinally potent when the plants are grown in full sun, with dry conditions, and harvested once the plants are in flowers.
Wood Betony is a herb of ancient times (note the species name 'officinalis') and was once considered a 'cure all'.
Wood Betony is my go-to for acute anxiety, and more than any other herb I've found it helps one to step out of the spin cycle of debilitating panic episodes. Though not really a sedating herb, Wood Betony is incredibly grounding. She meets you where you are at, and holds your hand there until you get steady.
Even simply chewing on a leaf one can feel their energy sinking back into their body and their feet on the earth once again. She breaks the cycle of anxious thoughts like a wave gently breaking on a soft sandy beach. Also incredible for migraines and tension headaches.
Wood Betony is also useful as a mild digestive tonic and liver herb. Though not strongly aromatic like other Mint Family plants, it's essential oils, bitter and astringent constituents help to gently stimulate appetite, support the digestive process, and tonify the GI tract.
Attracts Pollinators, Woodland Garden, Deer Resistant, Apothecary Garden, Low Maintenance, Drought Tolerant, Container Garden.