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PlantFiles: Lamb's Ear
Stachys byzantina 'Helen Von Stein'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stachys (STAK-iss) (Info)
Species: byzantina (biz-an-TEE-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Helen Von Stein
Additional cultivar information: (aka Countess Helene Von Stein, Helen Von Stein Zeppelin, Big Ears)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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10 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Definitely better than species Stachys byzantina! Very nice foliage and few, mostly sterile blooms. Blooms June-August in my garden.

Positive braun06 On Oct 19, 2010, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant would grow even if you didn't water it once planted in the ground. It is a rapid grower and spreader, seemed to perform best when I didnt water it. Its tough to humidity, cold and most anything central Illinois weather can provide.

Positive littlelamb On Jul 8, 2009, littlelamb from Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a great plant to have as a groundcover in an area with sun and little rain. I planted mine 3 years ago, took care of it the first year and have not done anything else since. It's pretty year-round where I live and the only thing I do is remove some of the leaves in Spring to freshen it up. It's pretty forgiving when you transplant it to another may look rough for alittle while, but once the roots take hold, the plant will put up some new leaves. Great plant for a beginner!

Positive anelson77 On May 18, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

Pretty evergreen (evergray) ground cover for sun or part shade. Very soft and touchable looking. Spreads fast, but easy to control and dig up where unwanted. Nearly trivial to propagate by transplanting rooted sections. Has not bloomed in 2 years, which is fine with me.

Positive lordfeyd On Apr 25, 2009, lordfeyd from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Extremely reliable in the hot dry summers of Augusta GA. transfers and strives in heavy clay soil. suitable for xeriscaping. great edging plant. propagate by digging up plants and cutting off a section with at least a few roots.

Positive 2racingboys On Feb 1, 2009, 2racingboys from Bartlett, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have had this plant for about 6 years in mid-day sun, afternoon shade and it has done very well. I love how it spreads quickly as a ground cover. It grows where I could get nothing else to grow, in a wet "rain" hole. It is an exceptional plant if you need a ground cover that spreads easily. It will invade other plant spaces if you do not keep it tidy, but I just dig up the areas I want to move and put somewhere else. It reestablishes very well.

Positive hart On Jul 28, 2007, hart from Shenandoah Valley, VA wrote:

This has huge leaves - much larger than regular lamb's ears. It seldom blooms. Is a wonderful edging plant and does well in sun or shade. It's also extremely drought tolerant once established. If it's spreading too fast for you, plant it in a spot with less moisture.

Leaves invariably die back on pieces that are dug up for dividing but it sends out new leaves immediately when replanted.

Neutral KatieLovesDogs On Jul 1, 2006, KatieLovesDogs from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

I really like the look of this plant but in quadruples in size for me every year. I'm constantly having to dig it up.

Neutral Terry On Feb 10, 2006, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This large-eared variety is named for German horticulturist Countess Von Zeppelin.

Positive bugaboo22 On May 14, 2005, bugaboo22 from Hightstown, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

Beatiful plant to fill in spaces in your garden. I've got mine in full sun, and they do quite well. They normally do not flower, but I found in very rainy years, they do send up a shoot or two. The flowers are not very attractive -- the leaves are the star of the show.

VERY easy to propogate. Just divide off a clump and transplant. Share with your friends ASAP -- They'll have more than they know what to do with before long!

Positive a2zmom On Jun 27, 2004, a2zmom from Randolph, NJ wrote:

I've grown this for the past three years with great success. It hasn't flowered so no worries about the plant becoming invasive. I snap off the leaves at the underside of the plant as they die off, so far no other maintenance.

Positive kabloom On May 30, 2003, kabloom from Alpharetta, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

These flourish for me in the shade. Easy to get started and require little maintenance. Occasionally snap off the leaves lower to the ground.


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

, (2 reports)
Jones, Alabama
Big Bear Lake, California
Ukiah, California
Walnut Creek, California
Cape Coral, Florida
Alpharetta, Georgia
Augusta, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Jacksonville, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Spring Grove, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Portland, Indiana
Minneola, Kansas
Easton, Maryland
Attleboro, Massachusetts
Dracut, Massachusetts
Okemos, Michigan
Jackson, Mississippi
Madison, Mississippi
Kansas City, Missouri
Piedmont, Missouri
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Hightstown, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Warwick, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Wakefield, Rhode Island
Christiana, Tennessee
Crossville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Rockwood, Tennessee
Fate, Texas
Princeton, Texas
Snook, Texas
Blacksburg, Virginia
Fort Valley, Virginia
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Bremerton, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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