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Stachys byzantina

Previously known as:

  • Stachys Lanata
  • Stachys Olympica
Phonetic Spelling
STAH-kees biz-an-TEE-nah
Description

 Lamb's Ear is an herbaceous perennial ground cover from the middle east featuring thick, soft, velvety, silver-gray leaves that form a rapidly spreading groundcover. They are evergreen in warmer climates. In summer, tiny, purplish-pink flowers appear that are best removed to enhance the foliage. The leaves emit a pleasant scent when crushed and the plant is deer resistant and moderately drought tolerant. 

Lamb's Ear grows well in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun partial shade. Avoid overwatering as wet leaves invite disease as does high humidity summers. Spreads by stems rooting at the nodes and can be aggressive in good conditions. Lamb's Ear can also be used in containers.

Insects, Disease, and Other Plant Problems: Susceptible to leaf rot with high humidity or excessive rain.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Asian Garden- Zen Garden Backyard Planting Flowers Galore Sea of Daylilies Asian Garden- Zen Garden Patio Garden Backyard Planting
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Big Ears'
  • 'Helene von Stein' (synonymous with 'Big Ears')
    Foliage tolerates summer heat better, rarely flowers
'Big Ears', 'Helene von Stein' (synonymous with 'Big Ears')
Tags:
#purple#evergreen#sun#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#perennial#light shade#green#gray#pink flowers#fragrant leaves#playground#herb garden#summer flowers#deer resistant#children's garden#groundcover#pollinator plant#fantz#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Big Ears'
  • 'Helene von Stein' (synonymous with 'Big Ears')
    Foliage tolerates summer heat better, rarely flowers
'Big Ears', 'Helene von Stein' (synonymous with 'Big Ears')
Tags:
#purple#evergreen#sun#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#perennial#light shade#green#gray#pink flowers#fragrant leaves#playground#herb garden#summer flowers#deer resistant#children's garden#groundcover#pollinator plant#fantz#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stachys
    Species:
    byzantina
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Krym, Northern Turkey to Northern Iran
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Fragrance
    Textural
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    deer and drought resistant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herb
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Horizontal
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Nut
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Bracts
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Blooms May to July. Inflorescence is terminal dense spikeform arrangement of verticillasters. Flowers sessile, subtended by reduced leaves(foliaceous bracts). Corolla purple with some mottling internally, bilabiate. Corolla tube is less than a .5 inch long, pubescent externally. Upper lip single, shallowly 3-lobed to entire at apex, .2 inches long, less than half an inch broad. Lower lip 3-lobed. Two lateral lobes shallow, much smaller than central lobe.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Velvety
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Sinuate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Dense and wooly 4-6 inch long and 2-2.5 inches wide lance-shaped leaves. Leaves are opposite, decussate, with to 3.5 inches long stems on lower leaves and nearly stemless above. Leaves acute, tapering to base, crenate margins slightly sinuous.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Angular
    Stem Form:
    Zig Zags
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    To 20 inches tall, multiple from base, erect to ascending, herbaceous, branching, 4-angled. Entire plant covered with very dense grey lanate pubescence.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Pollution
    Poor Soil
    Rabbits
    Problems:
    Weedy