A large and diverse genus in the Mint family that includes a number of valuable garden plants. One of the best is Lamb's Ear, a creeper with leaves that are so densely felted with white hairs that they appear gray or silver. This species does flower, throwing silver wands capped with small, pink or purple blooms, but its soft, woolly foliage is really the main attraction.
'Big Ears,' also known as 'Countess Helen von Stein,' produces huge leaves, growing up to 12″ long—twice as big as conventional Lamb's Ears. The look is bolder and more settled. Plants prefer full sun and well-drained soil. They tolerate drought, but also get by in a bit of shade and quite heavy soil. What they cannot abide is extreme heat and humidity.
For more information on growing Stachys, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
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Pat from Knoxville,TN
I planted 6 of these in a circular bed in my front yard 13 yrs ago.They are semi-evergreen here.Adds texture & interest.Bed in now, probally 12-15' in circumference & 75% Lambs Ear.Along with 5 newly planted Lavender,a miniature dk pink crepe myrtle & pale blue iris.Makes a beautifull filler plant.Any time you need to thin them out,you can just cut a piece back & stick it in some dirt in another area,& it will take off.
The planting Grand Mim. from Tidewater, Va.
I love this plant. I now live in an apartment and I still have it growing on my terrace. I love the beautiful soft leaves and the flowers that come later. Beautiful eye candy.Try one, you too will fall in love.Will withstand the four seasons and come back even better.Don't let the wood twigs throw you. They will yeld leaves.
Latin Name Pronunciation: stak'iss
Grow Stachys in full sun and evenly moist, well-drained soil. Once established, plants are drought tolerant. In a hot, humid summer, which is typical in the South, Stachys appreciates light afternoon shade.
S. byzantina (Lamb's Ear) may "mug off” when grown in the heat and humidity of the South. Cut or pull off affected foliage and new growth will generally reappear in late summer or fall.