"An Intrinsic Introduction! Vigorous and substantial plants growing to 24"+ have white and pink bicolor spikes that bloom in June into July.
The crinkled foliage is fragrant when crushed and deer resistant. Full sun, average soil. Adaptable, long lived and trouble free." Intrinsic Perennials
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Simply good, tough, adaptable plant with vertical structure, good garden size and great dark brown-black seedheads in fall and winter. Leaves stay more at the base, it will slowly spread to form medium-sized groundcovering mats.
Prefers average moisture (medium) and average soils, including heavier clayish soils (that are not waterlogged). Tolerates some droughts too. In hot and humid south will appreciate half shade.
Deer and rabbit avoid it. Attracts pollinators.
This hybrid came as open pollinated seedling from another betony - 'Pink Cotton Candy' (1.5' tall), but in comparison with it's parent, it is much higher - 2-2.5' and has different tone of light pink color. 'Stachys 'Summer Crush' is patented under number PP29899 and can't be propagated without permission.
Hardy in zones 4-9.
Excellent cut flower, great garden plant for sunny or half shade flower bed. Can be combined with majority of common garden perennials. It meets and overlaps with Aquilegia, earl, medium sized Phlox hybrids, early flowering Echinacea (E. pallida, Ech. tennesseensis, Ech. paradoxa), Nepeta, Oenothera, Salvia nemorosa, Penstemon or Monarda didyma hybrids. In combination with narrow-leaved grasses provides beautiful naturalistic show (combine with Sporobolus, Sesleria autumnalis or Muhlenbergia).
Plants can be seen for example in Lurie Garden in Chicago.
Pot size : square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot
Picture copyright : Intrinsic Perennial Garden, Brent Horvath
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Plants look very healthy with a well established root system, I’ve potted them up and have them in a protective semi shaded spot until I can get them planted properly this Autumn. I have no doubt that they will survive our southern heat until planting, they look really healthy.
How rare to find a nursery that goes beyond the common Stachys 'Hummelo' to offer something like 'Summer Crush'! In addition, the plant descriptions on this site are a wealth of information on growth rate and growth habit, combinations to design with, origins, research trials, and pollinator value. Wow, what a great online nursery!