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Stachys byzantina

Common Name(s):
Lamb's ear, Lamb's-ears
Cultivar(s):
Big Ears, Helene von Stein (synonymous with Big Ears)
Categories:
Groundcover, Herbs, Perennials
Comment:

Pleasant scent when crushed; moderate drought tolerance; grown for its soft, fuzzy, silvery green foliage; in hot, humid areas with frequent rains, the fuzzy foliage holds water and can rot; useful in the border or as a ground cover; this plant is resistant to damage by deer; the flowers are an added bonus if one likes the effect, blooming in mid-summer with 6-12 in. tall spikes of bright purplish pink small flowers. 'Big Ears' has larger leaves, seldom flowers and is a very slow spreader.

Season:
Early summer
Height:
12-15 in.
Flower Color:
Purplish pink
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8
Foliage:
4 in. long velvety, soft, lamb's ear-shaped leaves; light gray-green and covered with white hairs
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to light shade; needs well-drained soil
Size:
Height 12-18 in. with a spread of 3 ft.
Texture:
Fine to medium
Form:
Low; spreading
Propagation:
Division in early spring, seed
Exposure:
Full sun
Soil:
Well drained
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Iran
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Tags:
pink, sun, summer, herbs, drought tolerant, deer resistant, purple, light shade, green, perennial, groundcover, gray, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 364

Stachys-byzantina 'Helen von Stein' Stachys-byzantina 'Helen von Stein'
Patrick-Standish, CC BY - 2.0
Stachys byzantina Stachys byzantina
Carl Lewis, CC BY - 2.0
Stachys byzantina Stachys byzantina
Kristine Paulus, CC BY - 2.0
Stachys byzantina Leaves and Flowers
Photo by Louisa Billeter, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Stachys byzantina Stachys byzantina
Mr. Cubus, CC-BY-SA-2.0