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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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09 August, 2010

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!