Stachys spathulata, known as Dwarf Betony, is an adorable and underutilized South African perennial groundcover that produces an abundance of cheery rose-purple flowers spikes from June into July. Dwarf Betony’s diminutive form typically reaches only 4-8” in height, although when planted along the border or in the rock garden, it can make for a lovely groundcover that attracts butterflies. While it is capable of handling some light shade especially in hot climates, this plant performs and flowers best in full sun. Crinkled, dark-green leaves with scalloped margins add texture to the garden when the plant is not in bloom. Like others in the Stachys genus, Dwarf Betony is mostly deer and rabbit resistant.