Lambs' Ears (Stachys byzantina)
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Deciduous Perennial in the Lamiaceae Family

Lamb's ear is an herbaceous perennial ground cover in the Lamiaceae (mint) family. Hailing from the Middle East, it features thick, soft, velvety, silver-gray leaves that form a rapidly spreading groundcover.

They are evergreen in warmer climates. In summer, tiny, purplish-pink flowers appear that are best removed to enhance the foliage. The leaves emit a pleasant scent when crushed and the plant is deer resistant and moderately drought tolerant. 

The soft, fuzzy leaves make an excellent addition to a children's or sensory garden.  Plant it along a border front or walkway or it can also be grown in containers.


Plant Data

Mature Size 9 - 18 inches tall. 12 - 18 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium : Lamb's ear grows well in average, dry to medium, very well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. Avoid overwatering as wet leaves invite disease, as does high humidity summers.
Zones 4a - 10a
Tags Accent, Border, Clay Soil, Container, Cottage Garden, Cut Flower, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Eclectic Garden, Edging, For a Sunny Spot, Groundcover, Groundcovers, Loamy Soil, Mass, Moist Soil, Most Popular, Non-Allergenic, Normal Soil, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Sandy Soil, Showy Flowers, Thornless, Tried & True / Good for Beginners, Well-Drained Soil, Woodland Garden
Bloom Period May to July
Flower Color Purplish-Pink
Foliage Color

More Info from Experts

Commonly Planted with...

Low-water plants like yarrow, nepeta, and salvia.

Photos of This with...

Sonata Snow Cosmos, Golden Spirit Smoketree, Cushion Spurge, Tardiva Panicle Hydrangea, Dalmatian Iris, Virginia Creeper, Blue Paradise Garden Phlox, Blue Ensign Bethlehem Lungwort, Andean Sage, Thundercloud Stonecrop, Munstead Red Stonecrop,
More Photos: Google Image Search & Flickr

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