Lamb’s ear (Stachys) planting and care

lamb's ear stachys

Stachys, or “lamb’s ear“, has soft, fuzzy silver-green leaves – shaped like lamb’s ears!

Key facts to remember

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

Exposure: full sun – Soil: light, well-drained – Flowering: late spring → mid-fall

Planting lamb’s ear

lamb's ear plantingYou 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

Propagating lamb's earYou can propagate your Stachys in spring or fall through crown division by separating offshoots.

Preparing cuttings is very easy in Spring.

Also, sowing is very successful at the beginning of summer. Use seed collected the year before from dried flowers.

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

From 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.

Winter care for lamb’s ear

winter care for lamb's earIn winter, as soon as you see that leaves are beginning to wilt, cut them off and lay them around as mulch.

  • It helps to prevent the whole plant from rotting away.

This happens when it’s both cold and very wet.

New shoots will sprout again in spring.

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!

Images: Pixabay: Lynn Greyling, DieFia, Havard Lillethun, Leslie Anna, Mary Snoddy