Stachys officinalis ‘Pink Cotton Candy’ 3 stars
Flower Description and Bloom Time
Light two-toned pink flowers stand well above the foliage. Plants began blooming in mid-June and the flower heads persisted through the fall frost. “Very floriferous.”
Foliage Interest — Color and Texture
Clean green foliage emerged in spring; leaves turned a lighter green in early fall.
Habit and Growth Rate Observations
Plants ranged in size from 7 to 18 inches tall, with flowers reaching as much as 28 inches tall, to 12 inches wide. Some growers list this plant as 24 inches tall and 16 to 20 inches wide.
Site Preference — Soil and Light
Prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil.
Successes and Possible Drawbacks
Plants attracted butterflies and had a long bloom time with a nice mound of foliage and spires of flowers. In early September, the seed heads turned reddish-pink, adding another layer of interest. Some leaves could be removed from the plant in late summer and new foliage will emerge. Plants tended to flop more in shade.
Notes from Growers/Retailers
A workhorse for borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens, native gardens and butterfly gardens. Grow it with Coreopsis, Echinacea, prairie dropseed, Rudbeckia and with sun-loving annuals such as zinnias.
Parting “SHOT” — The overall evaluation results were Good. 3 stars
This plant was evaluated from 2011-2014 at four sites in Chicago’s western suburbs and the North Shore. Plants were sited in full sun, western exposures to light shade. “Easy to grow and showy.”