July 16, 2020

Alpine Glow

Stachys monieri

Janine Pineo Photo | Stachys monieri

Stachys monieri is a modest little plant before it blooms, forming a basal rosette of crispy green leaves and spreading via stolons (creeping stems) once it gets settled it. The perennial puts on its show when it flowers, with delicate pink to white flowers rising up a couple of feet on square stems high above the foliage. This member of the mint family is a relative of Stacys byzantina, or lamb’s ears, but bears little resemblance to that garden staple best known for its silver, fuzzy leaves. Commonly called Alpine betony, Stachys monieri is hardy to Zone 4, which means it can grow in much of Maine.