Lamb’s Ear (Stachys)
Stachys byzantina ‘Helen von Stein – Is grown primarily for its thick, soft, velvety, silver-gray leaves which typically form a rapidly spreading mat approximately 4-6″ off the ground. Leaves are evergreen in warm climates, but will depreciate considerably in harsh winters. Erect, small-leaved flowering stems with terminal spikes of insignificant, tiny, purplish-pink flowers appear in summer rising above the foliage to 10-15″ tall. Many gardeners remove the flowering stems to enhance the ground cover effect. Dense rosettes of woolly, tongue-shaped, gray-green leaves (to 4″ long) spread by runners. Leaf shape and texture resemble a lamb’s ear, hence the common name. Helen von Stein has the advantages over the species of having better summer foliage and rarely producing flowering stems. Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Too much shade, however, may impede leaf drying and promote the onset of disease. Plants are generally drought tolerant. Avoid overwatering. If mid-summer foliage decline occurs, pick off damaged leaves as needed. Spreads by creeping stems that root as they go along the ground and can be mildly aggressive in rich soils. Site starter plants 12-18” apart for use as a ground cover. Divide when necessary. Deer and rabbit resistant
Stachys monnieri ‘Hummelo’ – Excellent for flowers and foliage and hosts a lovely display of lavender-purple flowers atop tall, leafless stems while the stoloniferous nature creates small mounding clumps. Selected for strong flower production, plant health, habit quality and winter hardiness. A true garden delight! This species forms large, rounded clumps of green, long and narrow, textured leaves. It is lovely even when it’s not in bloom. From early thru midsummer, sturdy spikes of lavender-rose flowers shoot up through the foliage, putting on quite a display. Though this plant is relatively unknown to many gardeners, it makes a unique addition to any sunny border. Once you try it, you’ll see that it goes with just about everything else in the garden. It is very easy to grow and deserves to be planted more widely in American landscapes. Prefers evenly moist but well-drained soil. Deadhead to keep plants attractive and to keep from going to seed which declines the foliage. Do not prune for winter. Clean up foliage in spring. Can be divided every 4-5 years in spring by removing rooted sections and transplanting. Benefits from partial shade in hot climates. Deer and rabbit resistant.
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