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Lamb's-ears


Stachys selections

Lamb's-ears

Lamb's-ears is a top pick for a groundcover in a hot, baked spot. Its silver felted foliage quickly forms a dense, delightful mat. It also contrasts nicely with other foliage and most flowers. enhances almost everything. Depending on the type and your growing conditions, it may self-sow freely to the point of becoming a bother. In hot humid climates, lamb's ears may "melt down" in summer, becoming brown and limp.

A quite different but related plant, big betony is worth growing for its shade tolerance, dark green crumpled leaves, and bright purple spikes of whorled 1-inch flowers in late spring. Wood betony is similar but not as shade-tolerant.

Light:
Sun,Part Sun
Zones:
4-9
Plant Type:
Perennial
Plant Height:
6-36 inches tall, depending on variety
Plant Width:
12-48 inches wide, depending on variety
Flower Color:
White, pink, purple, violet, or red flowers, depending on variety; gray/silver leaves, depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Blooms mid-spring to mid-fall, depending on variety
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Cut Flowers,Attracts Hummingbirds,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Stachys macrantha bears purple flowers from early summer to fall on 2-foot stems. Zones 5-7
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Stachys byzantina has silvery felted, 6-inch-long leaves that make a soft mat. In early summer, stems bearing cerise-magenta flowers bloom. It grows 18 inches tall and is hardy in Zones 4-8.
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