The Perennial Plant Association has selected Stachys "Hummelo"as the 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year.
Stachys "Hummelo" is an easy-to-grow perennial for moist, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade.
One may be hard pressed to associate this plant's glossy, dark green scallop-edged foliage with its silver/gray, fuzzy-leafed relative, Stachys byzantine, commonly called lamb's ear.
Often listed as Stachys officinalis, it also appears in print as Stachys monieri.
Background: Stachys tibetica Vatke (Himalayan or mountain tea) grows abundantly in the tropical and subtropical locations of the world including India, Tibet and China.
Numerous species from the Lamiaceae familly have previously been reported to possess anxiolytic activity including Stachys tibetica, Stachys lavandulifolia, Salvia officinalis, Salvia elegans, Salvia, reuterana, and Scutellaria baicalensis (Rabbani et al.
Preliminary pharmacognostical and phytochemical evaluation of Stachys tibetica Vatke.
Effects of Stachys tibetica essential oil in anxiety.