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Lamb's ears   

Stachys byzantina

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'Lamb's ears' is a plant in the Stachys genus with a scientific name of Stachys byzantina.

Low growing groundcover with fuzzy, pale, silvery leaves. Good for children’s gardens because of the texture of the leaves. Flowers in the summer are attractive to bees.


This plant may be considered noxious or invasive in your area as it readily self-seeds. To avoid this, deadhead immediately after flowers are spent.

Leaves appear approximately as a   Gainsboro and   Dark sea green

It is a flower / ornamental that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.

Normally growing to a mature height of 30.0 cm (11.7 inches), Lamb's ears grows with a ground covering habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.

Iran is believed to be where Lamb's ears originates from.

Lamb's ears is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Lamb's ears have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Lamb's ears

  • Dappled Sun

    OR
  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys dappled sun / full sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 4 - Zone 8 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.1 and 7.8 as Lamb's ears likes to be in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Lamb's ears is thought of as hardy, so it can be safe to leave outdoors for the majority of winter (although if in doubt, using a row cover is often a good idea).

See our list of companion Plants for Lamb's ears to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Lamb's ears from seed

Seeds can be sown outdoor in the fall before the last frost, during winter in an unheated greenhouse or under coldframe, started outdoors in spring after last frost, or started indoors in late winter before last frost.

Transplanting Lamb's ears

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Lamb's ears is a hardy plant.

How long does Lamb's ears take to grow?

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Lamb's ears Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin byzantine meaning “old” or “from another time”.1

Other names for Lamb's ears

Ezelsoor, Wooly betony, Lambs ears, Lambs Lugs

Stachys byzantium, Stachys lanata, Stachys olympica

Misspellings: stachys bysantium, Stachys byzantina, Stachys Bizantina, Lambs Ear, Lamb Ear, Lamb's Ear, Lamb's-ear

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