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Betony is a classic example of the labiate (or mint) family; multiple tubular flowers on a square stem and with pointed, serrated leaves coming out in opposite pairs up the stem. It is also available in white! It is strange how a few white specimens will appear amongst many purple ones (this is espcially true on Corfe Common).

Although betony flowers from June until September it seems to be at its best in August. Betony is at home in woods, on grassland and even heaths and does not mind whether the the soil is calcareous (therefore alkaline) or acid. It is quite common in Dorset where it occurs but it does not occur everywhere, you have to look for it!


Common Name Betony
Scientific Name Stachys officinalis
Species Group Deadnettle Family Lamiaceae
Interest Level
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Mint family - Labiatae
Status Locally frequent
Flower Colour Group Pink
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
Preferred Environment
Look for Cluster of tubular flowers at the top of a stout square stem
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Deadnettle Family Lamiaceae