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Lamb's Ear Stachys byzantina

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
STAH-kees biz-an-TEE-nah
Description

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.

Quick ID

  • Leaves are oblong and flattened at apex (truncate)
  • Underside of leaf is purple
  • Pattern is dark on light green, resembles wheat
  • Every other dark band extends into margin
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Big Ears'
  • 'Helene von Stein' (synonymous with 'Big Ears')
Tags:
#purple#butterflies#evergreen#pink#sun#fragrant flowers#summer#drought tolerant#perennial#light shade#green#gray#herbs#fragrant leaves#playground#deer resistant#children's garden#groundcover#pollinator plant#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Big Ears'
  • 'Helene von Stein' (synonymous with 'Big Ears')
Tags:
#purple#butterflies#evergreen#pink#sun#fragrant flowers#summer#drought tolerant#perennial#light shade#green#gray#herbs#fragrant leaves#playground#deer resistant#children's garden#groundcover#pollinator plant#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stachys
    Species:
    byzantina
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Iran
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Fragrance
    Textural
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 3 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herb
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Medium
  • 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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • 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 Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    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 <.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:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Sinuate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are opposite, decussate, petiolate below to subsessile above. Petiole to 3.5in long. Blade elliptic to lanceolate, to 6in long, 2.5in broad, acute, tapering to base, crenate, margins slightly sinuous.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Angular
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    To 20in tall, multiple from base, erect to ascending, herbaceous, branching, 4-angled. Entire plant covered with very dense grey lanate pubescence.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer