Irish wildflowers

Betonica officinalis (Stachys officinalis)
Lus beatha
Family: Lamiaceae

Flowering time: June-October. Perennial. Native.

Whorls of purple-red flowers in dense spikes. Calyx with bristle-pointed teeth.
Leaves coarsely blunt-toothed, lower stalked, upper paired, un-stalked.
Basal leaf-rosettes. Slightly hairy. Height: 15-60cm.

Light acidic or neutral/calcareous soils. Grassland, heaths, wood-edges. Rare, mainly SW Ireland. Endangered species, covered by 1999 Flora Protection Order.



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