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Betony is a native perennial growing 10-60 cm in height and produces an abundance of reddish-purple flowers from June into September. The flowers are super-attractive to a wide range of pollinator species, especially bumblebees.
Hedge banks, unimproved grassland, heaths, open woods, graveyards, woodland rides, lane banks and cliff-top grassland all support populations of this plant, which is highly sought after by pollinators. Grows in light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. It can grow in semi-shade, but prefers open swards in full sun. A good indicator of healthy habitats.