• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 12 in. tall, gradually spreads to form a dense mat.
    Key Feature:
    Groundcover
    Blooms:
    Late Spring
  • Detail
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 12 in. tall, gradually spreads to form a dense mat.
    Foliage color:Silver-blue
    Blooms:Late Spring
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesFlowers for Cutting
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasUse lamb's ear at the front of the border spreader, both perennial and dryland palettes. Makes a soft collar around the base of bird bath or sun dial. Stuff into pockets in crumbling stone walls and rock garden embankments. Use as a foliage contrast groundcover for fine textured grasses and sedges or burgundy leafed perennials. Popular for edging flagstone walks to integrate the entire length.
    Companion PlantsCatmint (Nepeta); Lavender (Lavandula); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Gayfeather (Liatris); Blue Fescue (Festuca)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Control weeds until the plants have filled in. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Stachys byzantia is native to a huge range from the Caucasus to Persia, and its presence in Constantinople explains the species byzantia. It was introduced to Britain in 1782. The genus was derived from Dioscorides who chose the Latin stakhys or "spike" to refer to the plants flower stalks. However, silver carpet is a minimal bloomer, developed as a more uniform groundcover.
    Lore:
    Lamb's ear is named for the soft fluffy foliage in the shape and color of the animal's.

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