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Stachys byzantina - Lamb's-Ears
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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.  Information displayed on this page about  Stachys byzantina is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.