Lamb's ears

Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'

Lamb's ears - Stachys byzantina  'Big Ears'

Common Name: Lamb's ears
Genus: Stachys
Species: byzantina
Cultivar: 'Big Ears'

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained




Soft spikes of woolly purple flowers from June to September above rosettes of large greyish white felted leaves. This form of lambs' ears is primarily grown for its leaves which are larger than other varieties. An excellent groundcover plant for sites in full sun it's drought tolerant and provides a weed-suppressing carpet for much of the year.

  • Garden care: Pick off and destroy any foliage that becomes infected by powdery mildew and treat the remaining leaves with fungicide. Lift and divide large clumps in early spring.

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