Family: Lamiaceae

Scientific Name: Stachys bryzantina

Common Name: Lamb's Ears, Woolly Betony,

DescriptionThe name "Lamb's Ears" comes form the soft woolly texture of the leaves. A pettable plant.
Plant TypeAll Plants, Perennials Hardy
Hardiness Zone4-8
SunlightFull sun is best to produce the silvery white color and wooliness of the leaves, plants in shade will have a greenish ting
Moistureaverage. tolerates some dryness once established
Soil & Siteaverage, rots in poorly drained wet soils
Flowers1/2" purplish-pink corollas are found on 6 inches spikes, flowers are not real showy and many gardeners dead head the plants
Leavesleaves are tomentose (woolly), white to silvery gray
Stemswoolly stems
Dimensions12-15 inches tall, space 12-16 inches on center
Maintenancecut off flower stalks, remove dead foliage in late summer, will reseed and spread, deer resistant
Propagationvery easy from division, seeds
Native SiteNative to Iran
Misc Facts(syn, S. lanata, S. olympica)
Author's NotesI have seen large ground cover commercial plantings of this plant and they can be impressive if properly maintained.
Notes & Reference#04-Herbaceous Perennial Plants (Allan Armitage), #40-Herbaceous Ornamental Plants (Steven Stills)
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