Betony (Betonica officinalis)

Betony is a classic example of the Labiate family; multiple tubular flowers on a square stem and with pointed leaves coming out in opposite pairs up the stem.

Although Betony flowers from June September it seems to be at its best now that August has arrived.

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!

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