stachys byzantina (lamb's ear)

Size: 1 gallon

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  • AKA stachys lanata, stachys olympica
  • foliage perennial, ideal for edging or a ground cover
  • mat-forming, grayish-silver, felted foliage Insignificant, purplish-pink flowers
  • semi-evergreen in milder winters
  • bloom time: early summer
  • leaf shape and texture are reminiscent of a "lamb's ear", hence the common name
  • zone 5
  • height 20-25cm
  • spread 50-60cm
  • colour pink
  • grows best in a dry to average, or moist, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade
  • drought tolerant once established, especially when shade is provided in the hot, afternoon sun
  • susceptible to leaf dieback in hot, humid summers, remove these infected leaves as needed
  • flowers form in early summer and often hinder the overall appearance
  • if preferred, prune back as the flowers develop to maintain a compact, tidy habit
  • full sun, partial sun/shade
  • deer resistant
  • rabbit resistant
  • drought tolerant, once established
  • evergreen
  • rock garden
  • ground cover
  • (second image courtesy of NVK nurseries, NVK holdings inc.)