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Stachys

Stachys

Stachys is a large and diverse genus in the Mint family that includes many valuable garden plants. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil, but will tolerate drought and get by in a bit of shade. All are excellent at attracting pollinators. Among them are several beloved species that have been in use for generations. Chief among them is Stachys byzantina, the ground-hugging favorite that is commonly called Lamb’s Ears or Woolly Betony for its irresistibly fuzzy, silver-gray foliage. In summer, plants produce flower spikes with small lavender-purple blooms, but it’s the foliage that gardeners (and children) adore, and it provides contrasting color and interest over a long season. Try these varieties at the feet of Peonies and Roses, or use them to edge a sunny border. Stachys monieri, commonly called Betony, is another favorite species in this clan. The award-winning cultivar ‘Hummelo,’ named after the home garden of noted Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf, produces basal clumps of heavily textured, lettuce-green leaves that send up spikes of vividly colored, long-blooming, violet-purple flowers in summer. All Stachys are superb companions for a wide variety of perennials from Echinaceas (Coneflowers) to Tall Bearded Iris, Agastache, Sea Holly (Eryngium), and Perovskia (Russian Sage).

 Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears' Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears' SKU: F38676
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