Stachys officinalis is in the mint family Lamiaceae. Commonly known as betony, it is widespread in grasslands and meadows across Eurasia and North Africa, but is cultivated for use in the landscape across the world. Betony is an herbaceous perennial with brightly colored terminal clusters of flowers that bloom during the summer. There are hundreds of varieties available that have been cultivated to produce flowers ranging in shades of pinks and purples. Aside from its use as an ornamental, betony has a long history of medicinal use, with records dating back to the ancient Greeks. Betony was generally considered a cure-all and was used medicinally to treat ailments ranging from headaches and respiratory issues to heart palpitations and bad dreams.