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PlantFiles: Lamb's Ear
Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stachys (STAK-iss) (Info)
Species: byzantina (biz-an-TEE-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Silver Carpet

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 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 Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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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5 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Cville_Gardener On Jun 2, 2013, Cville_Gardener from Middle TN
United States (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love this plant. It has been fairly slow to spread. It was planted four years ago and is blooming for the first time this year with two bloom spikes to date. This is a non-blooming variety but apparently does bloom occasionally. The fuzzy gray foliage is very attractive. It dies down in the winter here and isn't terribly attractive then, but neither are a lot of plants. Great drought tolerance and nice as a ground cover.

Positive grrrlgeek On Sep 24, 2009, grrrlgeek from Grayslake, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

There seems to be some confusion about the different cultivars of Lamb's ear. This is one of the non-blooming, sterile cultivars that does not reseed or attract bees, etc; there are several available. Seems happy where I have it and hopefully will spread to fill in as a ground cover there.

Negative smlechten On Apr 18, 2006, smlechten from Strongsville, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've found this plant very invasive (NE OH). It is planted in a bed that receives full sun. It has covered the bed, choked my blue start junipers to death, spread into the lawn. Even if I shovel it out and cart it away it grows anywhere a small piece is dropped and left. It needs to be well maintained to keep it where you want it (unless you want it everywhere). If you are looking for a fast spread plant, this is a good one. Also, Cleveland gets a lot of rainy weather and they don't look great during a wet spring or fall, they can get very mushy and nasty looking when they aren't dry. The only way to get rid of them is with round-up or vegetation killer. I've dug out the bed twice and they are still prolific. They refill the bed within the same season!

Positive thurbersmom On Mar 2, 2005, thurbersmom from Springfield, MO wrote:

I actually have a different variety since Silver Carpet is the one that does not bloom. Mine blooms in purple spikes. Bees love it. It grows here in Missouri very well. Only problem I have had is that it spreads steadily. My two small plants spread to a bigger patch than I wanted, over about three years. I have to go out with a shovel and dig some of it up every now and then when it spreads onto the lawn--a good way to get some to plant in other areas. Mine grows wonderfully in full sun; I've heard from others in this area that they had it in shade and it never grew very well. Never needs extra watering, just rain; pretty much a no-brainer plant. Stays fairly green over the winter.

Positive Mike_Lucas On Jan 7, 2005, Mike_Lucas from Melbourne
Australia wrote:

Has very small purple/blue flowers on spikes up to six inches long in spring. Is excellent for attracting honey bees to your garden. Cut back after flowering and it will send up new growth quite quickly.

Positive summerand3 On Jul 23, 2004, summerand3 from Bridgeview, IL wrote:

This is a beautiful plant. The leaves are very soft and fuzzy. Used this as corner plants in my front yard display. Wasnt sure it would survive at first, but the second week of introduction to its new home my fuzzy plants had firmmed up and begun to spread its leaves.YEAH!


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

Gadsden, Alabama (2 reports)
Mena, Arkansas
Bishop, California
Clovis, California
Lancaster, California
Merced, California
Winchester, California
Twin Falls, Idaho
Bridgeview, Illinois
Chillicothe, Illinois
Grayslake, Illinois
Lake In The Hills, Illinois
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Rolla, Kansas
Paintsville, Kentucky
Oakland, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Clinton Township, Michigan
Mathiston, Mississippi
Springfield, Missouri
Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
Sparks, Nevada
Pittstown, New Jersey
Santa Fe, New Mexico
West Kill, New York
Andrews, North Carolina
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Marion, North Carolina
Glouster, Ohio
Strongsville, Ohio
Twinsburg, Ohio
Jay, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Providence, Rhode Island
Lancaster, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Abilene, Texas
Belton, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
The Colony, Texas
Deer Harbor, Washington
Midland, Washington
Menasha, Wisconsin

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