Stachys or lamb’s ear, a plant with silver-green foliage

Stachys, or lamb's ear plant, has fuzz on its leaves

Stachys, which has the common name “lamb’s ears“, is a favorite thanks to its silver or green-colored leaves – shaped like lamb’s ears!

Key facts to remember

NameStachys lanata or byzantina
FamilyLamiaceae
Type – Perennial
Height – 12 to 24 inches when blooming (30 to 60 cm)

Exposure – full sun
Soil – Light, well-drained
Flowering – May to October

Planting lamb’s ear

You can plant lamb’s ear in Spring or in Fall, it isn’t really important. In mild areas, you can even plant from October to May-June. Keep a distance of 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) between plants.

  • The lamb’s ears plant likes sun but also tolerates part shade.
  • It appreciates well drained soil, even poor.

Propagating Stachys

You can propagate your Stachys in spring or fall through crown division by separating offshoots. Preparing cuttings is very easy in Spring, as is sowing at the beginning of summer.

Watering for lamb’s ear, stachys

Lamb’s ear can take full sun, but it hates excess water.

  • Water in case of strong heat waves without flooding the plant.
  • If potted, provide for regular watering as soon as the surface soil is dry.

Care for lamb’s ears or Stachys

Care for lamb's earFrom Spring to Winter, it’s very easy to care for Stachys. It can hold up to deep colds (-2°F or -19°C), and it doesn’t fear drought: this plant shouldn’t give you any problems at all. To extend the blooming and favor lush foliage, here are a few tips that can help:

  • Eliminate wilted flowers regularly by snipping off the floral scape at the base.
  • Remove dried leaves so that only dense, silvery leafage remains.

Good to know about stachys lamb’s ear

Leafage stays greenThis plant is also known under the name “woolly hedgenettle”, thanks to the fuzz that’s on its leaves: it looks like wool! The shape of the leaves also led the plant to earn a few more names as well: rabbit’s ears and bear’s ears to name a few. Leaves are rather long and covered with a thin layer of soft bristles. A typical herbaceous plant, it stands out due to its whitish gray color. The flowers, which can be either pink or purple, climb to nearly 2 feet (60 cm).

Another species is Stachys grandiflora. Like the other lamb’s ear plants, it’s very well adapted to hot and dry climates. You can use this plant to form an elegant sheet of ground cover.

Smart tip about Stachys

Include these unique gray-colored plants in your colorful flower beds!


Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Silver-gray leaves by Leslie Anna under Pixabay license
Superb lamb’s ear flower by DieFia under Pixabay license
Stachys sensory hair by Mary Snoddy under Pixabay license