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Characteristics: Betony is distinguished by the flowers that are displayed in an interrupted spike; the flowers bloom in a short spike at the top, followed by a stretch of leaves, and more flowers below those leaves.
Light: Borage likes full sun.
Water: Keep the soil moderately moist.
Soil: Betony prefers full sun, but can grow in an area that is shaded for part of the day.
Use: A Spanish saying: "He has as many virtues as betony" illustrates its many virtues. It is known for its medicinal value, as well as ornamental. The tall purple flowers are stunning in a garden border.
Betony makes a wonderful tea, and is a great substitute for black tea. Leaves should be harvested before the plant flowers, dried and kept in an airtight container.