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Stachys byzantina - Lamb's-Ears
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Caucasus (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Magenta
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Stachys lanata]
Height: <1 foot
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Stachys byzantina (Lamb's-Ears) - A low-growing groundcover that forms a dense carpet of white-woolly pointed leaves spreading to 4 to 5 feet wide. Whorls of purplish-pink flowers appear in summer on 1 to 2 foot tall spike with a few reduced leaves. Plant in sun or part shade with little to occasional irrigation. Tolerates most types of soils but dislikes humidity. Hardy to USDA Zone 4 (-30 F). A great plant for borders, mixed with succulents or in a rock garden. The flowers are useful and last a long time in arrangements. Some consider it invasive but most love the plant for its durability and beauty. This plant is native to a wide range from the Turkey to Iran. The name for the genus was derived from the Latin word 'stakhys' meaning "spike" in reference to it flower stalks. The specific epithet is in reference to its natural habitat within what was once part of the Byzantine Empire. This plant was first introduced into cultivation in England in 1782.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Stachys byzantina.