Texas betony, Stachys coccea Ortega, also known as Scarlet betony or Scarlet hedge-nettle is a semi-evergreen, native of Texas, perennial member of the mint family. This means that Texas betony will remain green year round in some areas as long as all the conditions are right, it grows naturally in parts of Texas, it is a plant that returns for several years without being replanted and it is part of the mint family. This plant has beautiful foliage as well as blooms and is sure to be a good addition to a landscape, especially on that is leaning toward the native plants in Texas.
Blooms and Leaves
Texas betony has square stems that are stout and will grow up to 3 feet or even taller. These square stems have leaves that are dark-green and grow in pairs up the stem. These leaves get smaller as they go up the square stem and are soft and fuzzy. Even though Texas betony can grow erect it will tend to sprawl
The blooms or flowers of Texas betony is an interrupted spike that has tubular, bright-red or scarlet flowers. The scarlet flowers are seen from March through October each year. When blooms are spent, they will need to be removed to encourage more blooming and more time of enjoying these beautiful red flowers.
Caring for a Texas betony is not a difficult task. Since these plants are native to Texas they are capable of withstanding sun, they do not require a lot of water and they manage just fine in hot temperatures. They can also be grown in part shade or full shade and will grown in soil that is average. With this plant, it does not take a lot of attention to make it thrive and provide a beautiful show each year.
Propagating Texas betony is easiest done by planting seeds. These seeds will need to be planted 1 to 1 ½ feet apart to allow for the plant to sprawl out. After planting the seeds, the seedlings will need to be water regularly until they have a good hold on growing.
Texas betony will look good in several places in a landscape. These plants do well in perennial gardens, in hummingbird gardens, in butterfly gardens and as borders. They are also perfect for container gardening. With so many places to use Texas betony in a landscape, this may be just the perfect plant to add to your design.
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