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PlantFiles: Yellow-Flowered Lambs' Ear
Stachys citrina

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stachys (STAK-iss) (Info)
Species: citrina (sit-REE-nuh) (Info)

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive KJ_in_AZ_mntns On Mar 13, 2010, KJ_in_AZ_mntns from Dewey, AZ wrote:

Planted in a pot in summer, did great in Arizona mountain heat. Then lived through particularly harsh 3 weeks of cold and ice in December, then extreme wet in late winter. I think it helped to be in the pot, rather than in the muddy ground.

Neutral dee_cee On Apr 6, 2008, dee_cee from Birmingham, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

My neighbor considers this plant to be a weed since it pops up all over her yard & the leaves make it really stand out against the grass. It gets mowed over regularly & always comes back. I dug up several clumps & planted them in my yard in areas where it's free to spread all it wants.

Positive cheryl1249 On Aug 19, 2004, cheryl1249 from Augusta, GA wrote:

I am in Augusta GA. We had 105 temps here this summer. I have not fertalized the plant. I did not water it except for rain.
The plant is 4-5 feet high with pikes 12-18 inches tall.
Flowers are yellow.
Collected seed today 8/04, did this by placing pan under bent over spike and tapped the spike till all the seeds were harvested. Then I did the same on the other side of the spike.
From 2 spikes from 1st harvesting I got 1/4- 1/3 cup of tiny seeds. mega thousands of seeds. I am sure I will get another harvest or so. 1 plant has 4 short spikes besides the long 20 inch spike, the shorter spikes are about 4-6 inches tall and pods are not at all dried yet.
The total plant is 6' tall.
Soil is all sand.

Neutral Baa On Aug 30, 2001, Baa wrote:

Small spreading perennial from Turkey with pale yellowish green leaves. Leaves are downy, slightly toothed and ovate in shape. Bears pale lemon - sulpher coloured flowers up to 1 inch in length in mid summer.

Suitable for gravel beds, dry slopes and rock gardens. Hates winter wet and may be best moved into an alpine house for the winter.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama
Centre, Alabama
West Blocton, Alabama
Dewey, Arizona
Goodyear, Arizona
Hemet, California
San Carlos, California
Zephyrhills, Florida
Edison, Georgia
Valdosta, Georgia
Yorkville, Illinois
Saint Louis, Missouri
Deposit, New York
Syracuse, New York
Yukon, Oklahoma
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Warminster, Pennsylvania
Big Spring, Texas
Centerville, Texas
Robertson, Wyoming

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