TEXAS BETONY (Stachys coccinea) is a wonderful plant for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard. Although it grows wild in moist conditions in the mountain crevices of the Trans-Pecos, it also grows well in dry, or even drought, conditions once it is established. Texas Betony makes a great border plant. Reddish orange tubular shaped flowers bloom profusely in Spring but once the hot days of Summer are underway, it goes away until Fall when it blooms once again.
Texas Betony is known as a favorite nectar plant for hummingbirds and Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies. It also has pungently scented leaves that deer will not eat. That one characteristic makes it a perfect plant for the San Antonio area, especially if you live in Garden Ridge, Hollywood Park, or other areas that deer frequent.