Lambs Ear - Stachys byzantina
1/8 teaspoon open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
Lambs Ear would have to be the most loved flower by the bees in my garden. Stachys byzantina is a lovely perennial for edging gardens or as a low, dense ground cover around the base of shrubs. In summer, each mound of Lamb’s Ear will send up spiky purple flowers. It has velvety soft, wooly evergreen leaves that are silver to grey-green in color which allows it to be teamed up with so many other colours in the garden.
This is one of the easiest plants to grow. Grow in full sun or partial shade. It can tolerate the poorest of soils but it needs to be well draining as the plant dislikes overly moist soil.
Cut it back in late fall to prevent the fuzzy leaves from rotting. I also find it necessary to remove old plant material from the base of the plants at the same time. Doing this stops the centres of the planting dying off, keeping the clump fuller.
The flowering stalks can be dried for autumn arrangements. Simply cut it off close to the base of the plant when the head is in full bloom and hang it upside down to dry. Leaves may also be dried.
Seeds are sown spring when temperatures are around 20C and the danger of frost has passed. Gently press the seeds into the top of the potting mix and cover them with a very fine layer of potting mix. Seeds require light to germinate. Water and keep damp not wet. Germination takes about 21-35 days. Seedlings can be tranplanted into the garden when they are around 10cm.
Did you know...
For centuries, hunters and soldiers have used Lamb’s Ear leaves as a field dressing for injuries. With its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and super absorbent properties, it makes a perfect make-shift bandage.
And if making bandages isn't your thing then you can always make one of these.
How To Make A Lamb’s Ear Lamb
Also known as "Woolly Betony, "Lambs Tongue", "Donkeys Ears", "Woolly Hedgenettle" or "Woundwort".