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Lamb's Ears

Wooly Lamb's Ear. Named for its thick and silvery-green, soft-to-touch, velvety foliage. It performs well as a border plant, has a ground cover effect, and adds a compelling color and texture to the garden. Sends out stout spikes of purple blooms in mid to late summer that are attractive to bees and other pollinators. It also has a rich history of medicinal use: bandages for wound healing, for its sedative and antibacterial properties, and has even been used as a natural toilet paper. Easy to grow, and kids love it, as it begs to be touched.  Prefers dry, well-drained soil and is drought-tolerant. Grows to 10-16”. 

50 seeds

 

PLANTING

Stachys byzantina

Perennial, zones 4-7

Germination:21-35 days

Germination Temperature:Optimum soil temperatures 65-70ºF

Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and press into the soil

Starting Indoors:  Start indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-70ºF soil temperature for germination. Transplant after the last frost, 10-16” apart

Sowing Outdoors: Direct sowing is not recommended

Growth Habit:Compact mound, low spreading and mat-forming

Height and Width:10-16” x 10-16”  

Spacing:10-16” apart

Light Needs: Full sun to light shade, especially in areas with really hot summers 

Soil Needs:Average to dry, well-drained, sandy loam to rocky soil

Approximate days to flower from seed:second year,blooming mid-to-late summer.  

Uses: Cottage, perennial and rock gardens, edging or border plant, mass ground cover,underplanting for shrubs, containers,  heat and drought tolerant,deer-resistant, attracts beneficals

Care:Avoid overwatering which can cause root rot. Deadhead spent blooms to keep the plant from self-seeding. Divide plants every 3-4 years