Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear
Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'
|Description||An improved selection over the original garden favorite with dense, silver-white, woolly foliage. Garden visitors will enjoy the soft feel of the foliage. An excellent low-maintenance, non-flowering option for edging a path, or as a low border planting. An herbaceous perennial.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Prized for foliage.|
|Mature Size||Quickly reaches 12 in. tall, gradually spreading to form a dense mat.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Ground Cover, Edging|
|Design Ideas||Use 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 Plants||Catmint (Nepeta); Yarrow (Achillea); Salvia (Salvia); Sedum (Sedum); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Gayfeather (Liatris)|
|Care||Provide average, moist, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, looks best with light, regular moisture, but tolerates drier soils. Control weeds until the plants have filled in. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer.|
|Lore||Lamb's ear is named for the soft fluffy foliage in the shape and color of the animal's.|
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