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PlantFiles: Florida Betony
Stachys floridana

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Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stachys (STAK-iss) (Info)
Species: floridana (flor-ih-DAY-na) (Info)

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
3 neutrals
5 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral Tanjarose26 On Mar 26, 2013, Tanjarose26 from Tampa, FL wrote:

I would LOVE a few tubers of this. Anyone have it in Tampa?Thanks Please contact me thru [HYPERLINK@www.facebook.com]

Negative GAbrown On Mar 25, 2013, GAbrown from Dublin, GA wrote:

Very invasive!! Do not plant this in the ground; you will regret it!!
I got some mixed in with a plant I bought & in spite of all my several years of attempting to manually eradicate it, I had not been successful. I rarely use herbicides but have about reached the point of no return with this pest. It has inner twined in my hydrangeas; virtually covered my heucheras; invaded a bed of iris, painted fern & helleborus & it continues to march on toward my daylily beds. It is NOT a nice plant.

Neutral Joy2Foragers On Oct 11, 2012, Joy2Foragers from Holden Heights, FL wrote:

I first found Florida Betony growing at a local park. I learned that the roots are edible, so I took a cutting and planted it under my citrus trees. Months later, this one cutting turned into a mat of leaves and flowers that blanketed a patch of dirt devoid of grass. The tubers are tasty, but break easily, and require careful digging. Hoping that consuming the tubers will keep it in check.

Positive wtliftr On Mar 10, 2012, wtliftr from Wilson's Mills, NC wrote:

I have to agree with Tefoe... and I am looking for a way to get hold of some tubers. I'm a little too far north for them to grow in my yard, but I keep looking in vain. If anyone has any of these weeds, I'll GLADLY take some off your hands!
I'm serious- please contact me.

This spring, I found a large patch while visiting Jacksonville, FL. Tried some tubers, raw, and sauteed in butter. Taste a bit like radishes, without the heat. Will definitely be getting more, and eating more. Am growing them in a planter in Wilson's Mills, NC (zone 7b/ 8a depending on the source). Have tubers for trade!

Positive Tefoe On Jan 22, 2010, Tefoe from Lakeland, FL wrote:

Fools!! Everyone!

The roots of this awesome plant are very tasty!

Get rid of the crap you spay on your lawn, and go crazy digging up a very nice treat!

Raw right out of the ground, or cooked in a bit of butter! Very nice!

Negative Silver_Cat On Nov 14, 2009, Silver_Cat from Ridgeland, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:

Oh horrible invader... Tender stems snap off above the ever-living tubers, and with the rain it springs right up again... If it would give some flowers we might make peace.

Neutral JaxFlaGardener On Nov 16, 2007, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

It's difficult to accept that Florida Betony (Stachys floridana) is in the same genus as Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina) -- the first is despised and the other prized in most gardens.

To be fair, the Florida Betony does make a pretty pink/purple flower stalk about 4 inches high and can be attractive when grown in thick clusters (which, as noted above, is very easy to do!). It might actually make a nice ornamental plant in a garden where it could be grown as an annual, and either kept in a pot, or left in the ground to be killed by freezing temperatures in winter so that it wouldn't spread.

Florida Betony can be controlled by a thick mulch of pine straw. Some of it will come up through the pine straw, but it will gradually weaken if the top green shoots are consistently pulled off. It can not be eliminated without digging out every portion of the (edible, like a wild radish, bumpy, small white carrot-like) tuber. It will regrow from any portion of the tuber and spread by underground rhizomes.

Jeremy

Negative purplepetunia On Mar 9, 2006, purplepetunia from Savannah, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

this is very invasive and very hard to eliminate. Has even grown thru my black landscape fabric.

Negative oladyhoo On Feb 21, 2006, oladyhoo from Brunswick, GA wrote:

Florida betony is incredibily invasive, spreading by rhizomes, tubers, and seeds. It grows thick as the hairs on a dog's back. Mow it and it looks like green grass in the winter.

The tuberous roots are edible and sometimes boiled like peanuts. Use as a food is well noted among southeast U.S. Indian tribes and settlers of Florida's early history, as well as today by many nature enthusiasts.

Negative corgimom On Feb 12, 2006, corgimom from Pontotoc, MS (Zone 7b) wrote:

this is very invasive here ! one of our worst weeds

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Bartow, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Mayo, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Brunswick, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Oscar, Louisiana
Clinton, Mississippi
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Waynesboro, Mississippi
New Bern, North Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina



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