PlantFiles: Lamb's Ear, Common Betony Stachys densiflora 'Hummelo'
It's time to read and vote for your favorite article in the 2013 Write-Off Contest! The four finalist's articles are featured in the May 13 newsletter and can be found through this link. Hurry! Voting ends May 18.
Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Hardiness: 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)
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
On Mar 23, 2012, melvalena from Flower Mound, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
This plant is a real trooper. I got it at a plant swap and was told to plant it in my shade beds under some huge Bradford pear trees. Shortly, after planting we had a really bad hail storm that took out one of the trees, and nearly every leaf on every plant in my yard., then record heat and drought conditions for months after that and these little babies just kept on keeping on. They never showed stress and bloomed right on time. In shade!
That was last season. So far this season they've more then doubled in width. I can already divide them to pass on or replant in other areas.
In shade they have stayed much shorter -- about 6- inches tall. I can't wait to see this second season.
I was given some cuttings to plant in new flower beds I made. The Lambs Ear took them over, crowding out my other perinnials after the 1st year. I pulled and dug them but any roots or pieces I missed would sprout. It's been 3 years now and I still have it coming up after trying to clean it all out. It's almost impossible to get rid of sans digging the beds up and replacing all the soil.
On Jul 11, 2011, BlueBlossoms from Bolingbrook, IL wrote:
I love this little flower/plant! Flowers are long-lasting and the plant has a nice, neat clumping habit. Adds a bright spot to a semi-shaded part of my home... mixed it in with hostas and such ~ it gets filtered morning sun and is very happy! :)
On Jun 28, 2008, Sashagirl from Davenport, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
This is such a wonderful, care free, attractive and long blooming Stachys! I can't say enough good things about it.
I highly favor it over the fuzzy leafed variety, mostly because it still looks gorgeous after rains, and the blooms are always clear and crisp looking.
I'm going to try winter-sowing some of these this winter from seed I collect.
On Jul 1, 2007, Gazania_in_pa from Renfrew, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
Got this plant as a freebe last year. What a charmer it has turned out to be! I am going to order several to add to my gardens. It will fill the bill for that "spikey" form in the perennial border. Prettier and longer lasting than Liatris.
On Sep 11, 2006, KevinMc79 from Saint Charles, IL wrote:
This is a great all season perennial. Great rosettes of foliage in spring and late into fall and winter. Leaves the spent flower spikes for nice winter texture. This plant does enjoy a little moisture, and in drought years will thin out quickly without supplemental watering. Great combination with Salvia 'Wesuwe', Achillea 'Walther Funcke', and Geranium 'Jolly Bee.' Also makes a stunning combination in early spring with Echinacea 'Sunrise'.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Bentonville, Arkansas Royal, Arkansas North Fork, California Cordele, Georgia Bolingbrook, Illinois Carbondale, Illinois Champaign, Illinois Cherry Valley, Illinois Edwardsville, Illinois Plano, Illinois Saint Charles, Illinois New Paris, Indiana Portland, Indiana Davenport, Iowa Pacific Junction, Iowa Fairway, Kansas Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts Ludington, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Ely, Minnesota Shoreview, Minnesota Flemington, New Jersey Colden, New York Elmira, New York Cherry Grove, Ohio Defiance, Ohio Xenia, Ohio Athens, Pennsylvania Renfrew, Pennsylvania Seven Oaks, South Carolina Flower Mound, Texas Salt Lake City, Utah Leesburg, Virginia Lake Goodwin, Washington Town And Country, Washington Waterloo, Wisconsin