Stachys byzantina 'Pure Cotton'
This cuddly, tactile little plant was known on medieval battlefields as woundwort.
The soft, woolly leaves absorbed blood and had a mild antiseptic effect so they were deployed as bandages.
Their comforting, absorbent nature has seen them put to other uses in times of emergency - bears in the woods, take note.
The byzantina species are native to Turkey, Armenia and Iran requiring very well drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. 'Pure Cotton' is an improved variety that's fully hardy.
It will quickly form a large, soft silver carpet adorned by short purple flower spikes. Attractive to children and slugs in equal measure.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
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