Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lamb's Ears

Stachys byzantina is the botanical name of Lamb’s Ears, a herbaceous perennial with leaves with silvery but soft foliage. It is a low growing plant better known for how it feels and appearance of foliage over its spikes of light purple flowers.

It is best to grow lamb’s ears in full sun, but in the hotter areas partial shade take preference. Poor soils are what this plant grows in, but good drainage needs to be considered. It is a drought tolerant plant and can make a groundcover. Rot will also occur for the leaves if they are too wet.

It is considered a weed by some and can spread rapidly, with it also being able to be propagated not only through seed, but also by division. If growing by seed outdoors, it can be done during autumn.

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