Stachys Species, Lamb's Ear

Stachys byzantina

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stachys (STAK-iss) (Info)
Species: byzantina (biz-an-TEE-nuh) (Info)
Synonym:Eriostomum lanatum
Synonym:Stachys olympica
Synonym:Stachys taurica
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage



This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:



6-12 in. (15-30 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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Dothan, Alabama

Dutton, Alabama

Jones, Alabama

Lanett, Alabama

Prattville, Alabama

Flagstaff, Arizona

Goodyear, Arizona

Prescott Valley, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Lonoke, Arkansas

Belvedere Tiburon, California

Benicia, California

Clovis, California

Corte Madera, California

Fremont, California(2 reports)

Hydesville, California

Knights Landing, California

Lompoc, California(2 reports)

Long Beach, California(2 reports)

Los Angeles, California(3 reports)

Magalia, California

Merced, California

Modesto, California

NORTH FORK, California

Placerville, California

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Ana, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

Winchester, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado(2 reports)

Denver, Colorado

Dolores, Colorado

Hesperus, Colorado

Montrose, Colorado

Brandon, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Miccosukee Cpo, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Yulee, Florida

Athens, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Forsyth, Georgia

Lithonia, Georgia

Macon, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Winterville, Georgia

Woodstock, Georgia

Bridgeview, Illinois

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

La Salle, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Evansville, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Valparaiso, Indiana

Warren, Indiana

Atalissa, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa(2 reports)

Wichita, Kansas

Calvert City, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Otis, Louisiana

Zachary, Louisiana

Baltimore, Maryland

Brookeville, Maryland

Cumberland, Maryland

Hughesville, Maryland

Lutherville Timonium, Maryland

Westminster, Maryland

Amherst, Massachusetts

Dracut, Massachusetts

Halifax, Massachusetts

Medford, Massachusetts

Upton, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mason, Michigan

Owosso, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Red Wing, Minnesota

Rosemount, Minnesota

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Florence, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Olive Branch, Mississippi

Phillipsburg, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri

Saint James, Missouri

Blair, Nebraska

Burchard, Nebraska

Las Vegas, Nevada

Pahrump, Nevada

Sparks, Nevada

Exeter, New Hampshire

Whitefield, New Hampshire

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aztec, New Mexico

Edgewood, New Mexico

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Cambridge, New York

Deposit, New York

East Rochester, New York

Himrod, New York

Ithaca, New York

New Hyde Park, New York

Oneonta, New York

Ronkonkoma, New York

Charlotte, North Carolina

Clemmons, North Carolina

Concord, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Lake Lure, North Carolina

Lucama, North Carolina

Marion, North Carolina

Monroe, North Carolina

Mount Holly, North Carolina

Oxford, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Rowland, North Carolina

Summerfield, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Bucyrus, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Fremont, Ohio

Geneva, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Hilliard, Ohio

Lakewood, Ohio

New Richmond, Ohio

Oak Hill, Ohio

Strongsville, Ohio

Willard, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Owasso, Oklahoma

Spencer, Oklahoma

Bend, Oregon

Chiloquin, Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

Gold Hill, Oregon

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Rogue River, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Springfield, Oregon

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Providence, Rhode Island

Cinisi, Sicily(2 reports)

Camden, South Carolina

Chapin, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Laurens, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Millington, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Belton, Texas

Boerne, Texas

Cameron, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas(2 reports)

Houston, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

Kerrville, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Manvel, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

North Richland Hills, Texas

Pearland, Texas

Port Lavaca, Texas

Quinlan, Texas

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(2 reports)

Spicewood, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Chantilly, Virginia

Churchville, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Shipman, Virginia

Springfield, Virginia

Stafford, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Wytheville, Virginia

Bremerton, Washington

CHIMACUM, Washington

Cathan, Washington

John Sam Lake, Washington

Kalama, Washington

MOXEE, Washington

North Marysville, Washington

Priest Point, Washington

Puyallup, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Shaker Church, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Stanwood, Washington

Stimson Crossing, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Weallup Lake, Washington

White Center, Washington

Buffalo, West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

Paw Paw, West Virginia

Blue River, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

Menasha, Wisconsin

Muscoda, Wisconsin

Kinnear, Wyoming

Riverton, Wyoming

Sheridan, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 28, 2016, Cen from Hughesville, MD wrote:

The nicest thing I can say is that deer and bunnies don't seem to like it.


On Oct 31, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A pretty plant whose silvery foliage complements most colors.

Here in the east I've had it die out where drainage is poor and where there's too much irrigation. It develops fungal diseases and rots out when it gets too much water. Cleaning out all the dead leaves in the spring and whenever there's too much dieback can be a massive, finicky job in gardens that use a lot of it.

I've never found it to spread too aggressively.


On Sep 7, 2014, southeastgarden from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I failed in a few attempts to grow this plant in the local sandy soil of northeast Florida, zone 9a. However, it has grown very well in a large container of good potting soil in partial shade under the edge of a live oak.


On Jun 17, 2014, ewamsley from Blackhawk-Camino Tassajara, CA wrote:

I planted 4 doz small plants about a month ago. It's been pretty hot here and have been compensating with extra water and they are growing well. Last week I noticed a blank spot where a plant should have been and thought that was curious, then a couple of days ago, another plant seems to have walked away, now a third has disappeared. We have plenty of wildlife and the plants are outside our perimeter fence. Are aliens, raccoons, or other mammalians responsible?


On May 3, 2013, Cymbelina from Prattville, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love this plant and have grown it off and on for many years in pots and in the ground here in Alabama with our heavy clay soil. Although they do grow larger and multiply some, I have never had a problem with it becoming too invasive and in fact have had the opposite problem and lost beds of them a time or two, mostly due to too much water (rain). Right now they're thriving in my mailbox garden right off the scorching street. Fourth year and the two plants I put there are nicely sized with no additional plants. Maybe because it's such a rough spot out there. If you want to control it, maybe that's the answer!

They are wonderful dried and used in potpourris and incense with a light sweet fragrance of their own. But they really stand out if you like to use essential oil... read more


On Mar 12, 2012, misbush from Sissonville, WV wrote:

I had one plant than now has became 50+ in less than 2 years. I have it on a hillside where it can spread freely. It makes a beautiful ground cover in an area I don't want to mow.
It grows GREAT in my red clay coil where as most other things don't without alot of amendments.


On May 15, 2011, sewbge from Atlanta, GA wrote:

I would concur with the others before me that this plant can turn up far away from where it was first planted. I love its color, winter interest and flowers so am not bothered by this. It is very easy to grab a bit and transplant - even when I forget to water it in its new place it grows. It can turn a little brown in places in the winter but it bounce back come spring. It is flowing now (beginning of May) here in Atlanta. The bees love it. I have pulled it out in places where I have not wanted it with little problem.


On Jan 3, 2011, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

I live in zone 5a in Harpersfield/ Geneva, Ohio. We have very heavy clay soil; very high winds, blizzards, high snow falls and this plant does fantastic! I know it is called Stachys Lantana here at Bluestone Perennials, so I added it. It looks a lot like Byzantina, but doesn't say that on the plant tag from Bluestone.
It loves water and I love the flowers when they come up. I know people cut them off and like the leaves, but I love it all. It is gorgeous when they are all blooming and looks great!
I deadhead and they rebloom. They are prolific and spread rapidly, which I wanted in this english garden. They are my borders. This picture is this last summer, but they were planted as 6 clumps-3 years ago, much smaller than now. This was one of my first gardens. They... read more


On Jul 26, 2010, suewylan from North Fork, CA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I like this plant and have shared it with friends by simply giving them the seed stalks. Anywhere you lay them down, new plants will grow.
I cut the stalks off when they start to look scraggley and because of the bare spot in the middle now grow them between my irises and the edge of the patio which reins them in.
They grow in clay, deer won't eat them, they contrast with other plants and they're soft to 'em.


On Jul 21, 2010, mpwifey from Colorado Springs, CO wrote:

So far i have a positive rating for this plant. Last year when we bought this house there was just three lambs ear plants. One of them died over winter. The other ones are alot bigger than they were last year,thoug most people remove the flowers i let them stay. The bumble bees enjoy them and we have several bumble bee species that are threatened that come to my garden, so im always happy to see that im helping keep the species alive. The last couple week little lambs ears have been popping up all over the yard. which where they were popping up i had no problem with since i was trying to find a drought resistant ground cover. But now i noticed one come up in my wildflower garden. Not to happy about one popping up there. So im having trouble decideing wether or not to cut the flowers of so ... read more


On Jun 13, 2010, Steve_in_NC from Monroe, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant has done very well in a neglected perennial garden in part shade on hard clay. Receiving absolutely no care, it has survived heat and drought, and it fought off the weeds. In seven years it has increased its territory to a 2'x3' area but has not at all become invasive. This hardy, charming plant is a survivor. That's my kind of landscape plant!


On Nov 28, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Not invasive to me, but does spread nicely. Every couple years I cut all flowering stalks down before they bloom which thickens my swath. It does get ratty after extended rain, but easy enough to groom out for new growth. Very cooling gray color and of course the texture is sublime. Effective below a single fuschia peony. Also nice next to red valerian.


On Nov 22, 2009, christmascactus wrote:

It tends to matt down & looks ratty after a heavy rain; but I love the soft fluffy leaves.


On Mar 30, 2009, giftgas from Everson, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I'd love for this plant to be far, it grew pretty good where I live, and then turned into JELLY. Hopefully it comes back this year.

Perhaps I groped it to death? :)


On Oct 20, 2008, rubygloomrox2 from Red Wing, MN wrote:

I love my lamb's ear. I got a cutting from a friend. I think in her yard, in the sun, it will get huge and invasive. I put it in a partially shaded spot where I hadn't been able to get anything else to grow and it is doing wonderful. I wanted a lot of space filled, so if it spreads out it will be even better. It offers great contrast and I never water it at all. The natural rain fall is all it takes.


On Jun 9, 2008, widgeon12 from Camden, SC wrote:

I purchased a large plant from a nursery not knowing what the small little plant growing in the pot with it was.So, I I planted both. The unidentified plant turned out to be lamb's ear. Last year I just had beautiful foliage. This year, the plants have reached a height of at least two feet and are sending up plant spikes with YELLOW flowers. The flowers are very pretty. I can't find any information about a variety of flower colors. I assumed they would be purple.
These plants seem to have a great personality and I will continue to encourage more! My grandchildren love to touch them and watch them grow. If anyone knows why the flowers are yellow, please post. Thanks.


On May 18, 2008, sadiesaday from Atlantic City, NJ wrote:

Thanks to the members , they were able to identify my plant without a picture. I love watching it grow, reach for the sun ,and shelter it's inner parts from the rain. Hopefully it won't become too intrusive only because I rent and only have a small space to grow things. I also hope it my lambs ear will flower and show it's full beauty.


On Mar 27, 2008, stephanotis from Queen Creek, AZ (Zone 8b) wrote:

One of these came up randomly last year in my front yard, and I left it, not knowing what it was. I guess I overwatered it because it died when the hot weather hit, and I killed it with kindness. This year a whole patch of them came up, a very long distance from the original one, in the midst of petunias I had planted. I'm thinking of digging them up and relocating them, though I'm not sure how they'll fare with disturbing them. The soil they came up in is unamended clay, is in full sun, except for the shade the petunias cast, and gets regular water from sprinkler overspray and drip a couple days per week. This time I am not giving additional water, and I see that they are much larger than the lone one I killed last year. None of them have gotten large enough to flower yet, and I have no i... read more


On Jan 14, 2008, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

I treat as an annual and discard it when it gets leggy. Such a great plant to use in combo planters. I give it gentle haircuts to keep it from getting leggy too soon.


On Oct 17, 2007, garren from Fort Worth, TX wrote:

Host plant for the Mealybug Destroyer which also preys on thrips.
Plant near roses to help control these pests.


On Sep 19, 2007, GardnGator from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought lamb's ear at a home store because I loved the soft gray leaves and my sister has a lot of it in Atlanta. The first two years it did well and looked adorable, but I guess our north Florida heat-and-humidity got to it, because it declined and has died out now. I will probably replace it, but I hesitate after reading all the negative comments. Still, I love the touch and will probably just prune out the flower.


On Jun 28, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

On the one hand, it can grow on the moon. On the other hand, it is invasive and has killed my Chocolate Chip Ajuga, among other things. And the flowers are a pain to remove, because if you don't, they flop over and open the plant. Best to remove them and let later growth fill in the gaps. On the other hand, Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) can smother IT out. I guess there's your smothering hierarchy right there.

But they're so soft! I can forgive its faults because of that.


On Aug 25, 2006, TandJ from Hydesville, CA wrote:

No one's mentioned how great the flower stalks are in flower arrangements. They last a really long time and compliment other flowers and colors very well in many different types of arrangements. I can just yank out what I don't want when it gets too big in my yard, or trowel up the new seedlings and pass them along. I love it and hope to always have some in cultivation. My soil is not super fertile, so I have not had a problem with it being too invasive. I'll try the dried flower idea too. Thank you!


On Aug 9, 2006, terri_in_PA from Emmaus, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I recieved a fairly large clump of Lambs Ear... dividied it up into 4 smaller clumps and so far i do like how the plant is growing.
I may, in the future, take the flower stalks down, i find the beauty of the plant is in its leaves.


On Aug 1, 2006, renatelynne from Boerne new zone 30, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

deer seem to leave it alone and it looks soft and fuzzy. What more could you ask for?


On Jun 13, 2006, lindagarden from Gilbert, AZ wrote:

This plant grows in Arizona. anything that grows in AZ is good for us. I did overwater mine. Anything I can do to help this. They look all wilty and dying. I cut a few back just to see but will be over 110 this week. I will propably have crispy critters.


On Jun 6, 2006, ppatnaude from Amherst, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I found this plant quite easy to grow in full to partial shade. I have not experienced any problems with invasive qualities given it has room to spread out. Since it is attractive to bees and butterflies I would recomend it in the flower garden. Another quality I like is has no insect or disease problems. the only cutural problem seems to be too wet a site.


On Jun 2, 2006, petebank from Columbus, OH wrote:

I also found this plant to be very invasive. Were it to stay in a small area (1' circumference or less) I suppose the grey color would be a nice contrast to other plants in a garden. However, it multiplies like crazy and just distracts from any other plants you might have. Unfortunately, however, (and perhaps this should be used to evaluate all of my submissions), my wife, the horticultralist, loves it.


On May 24, 2006, Photographer from Moxee, WA (Zone 4a) wrote:

I appreciate this plant's ability to spread. My garden has been full of cheat grass and anything that can displace the cheat grass is an improvement. I use it pricipally as a ground cover. The flowers are ordinary. The leaves are profuse and a soft grey colour. Its contrasting colour makes it that more enjoyable under and around our cedar trees.


On May 23, 2006, dad_n_daughter from Chattanooga, TN wrote:

What can I say? Its a plant you can pet. I purchased this plant two weeks ago and I am anxiously antisipating it taking over. Lightning struck my Maple tree two years ago and I had to have it cut down. The ground that was once bare underneath the tree is now supporting ugly ground cover. I have roughly a 20'/30' section well away from other gardens for it to cover and it will be far more attractive than the other ground cover.

In just two weeks it has almost doubled. It had two tiny blooms when I got it and now it has four large blooms and six tiny to medium size blooms. I love this plant. Every time I am out working in my yard I have to go pet it.


On Apr 28, 2006, allisaw from Springfield, OR (Zone 7b) wrote:

I did not realize the plant could grow, even thrive, in my area. (Later I found out that my mom had them in her garden and she had to take them all out because they got too evasive.) Anyway, I purchased one small container while in southern California last summer. I was so afraid to plant it, thinking it would just die. The rain in late fall certainly made the plant less fuzzy and fun to "pet" but it faired the winter well. I went out recently and not only does the plant have new growth but it looks like it is starting to spread out a little bit now too. I planted it at the base of a sweet-gum tree in the middle of our back yard. The bottom of the tree is encircled by bricks, creating a raised bed about 3 feet across. The backyard gets FULL SUN all summer and seemed to be fairly dr... read more


On Apr 27, 2006, carolinagarden from Denver, NC wrote:

This plant can be a real pest...even tearing it out by the roots will not kill it. I dug it all up once and transplanted a few small plants in a side section in almost pure clay, out of the way. The residuals still come up in two raised beds of roses and perennials, and I have to be on alert and yank them out from year to year.

Otherwise, they're like ivy...keep them under control and they provide lots of cover for problem areas.


On Jan 15, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have had this plant for years and it is still fun to pet. If it is in an area without enough sun or with too much moisture, the leaves do turn a bit brown and splotchy. I wouldn't put it too close to the edge of a bed; bumble bees love it and defend it from anyone walking by. Be careful where you put the cuttings when you deadhead it. There are tons of seeds and they come up for YEARS! It will even thrive in poor soil.


On Jan 5, 2006, redhed4nu from Burchard, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

This was planted by the property's previous owner....we have a rock wall that lines our driveway, and there was a 5x30 section of this growing in the wall. I've pulled and dug, and decided the only way to get rid of it is spray. The plant has been there for 15+ years and has displaced many of the rocks. Invasive and very hard to get rid of.


On Dec 11, 2005, CastIronPlant22 from Lompoc, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant was very invasive in my yard. I had got a few cuttings from a close friend and within a month, i kid you not, it had practically taken over my yard. I took it all out, well i thought i did, and a few weeks later it was coming back up! I really ahd to dig at it and dig deep. If you want to get rid of it, try round up, it takes tooo much time to try and dip it out or pull it out, it always seems to come back twice as strong. Oh yea, and the whiteflys love it too.


On Nov 17, 2005, admodeva from Dutton, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

Have had these for a few years. They seem to thrive in a.m. sun and afternoon shade. Mine get really large, but haven't been invasive. Easy to care for.


On Oct 2, 2005, debisbooked from Fremont, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

A few Lamb's Ears were planted several years ago on the east side of my house in a patch of waste ground that was covered with small rocks. We never bothered moving the rocks yet the plants have taken over the plot. The area is surrounded with cement which keeps it from invading other garden areas. This spot gets morning sun only but the plants manage to flower anyway. The only maintenance we do is pull the occasional weed. Children love these plants because they really do feel like lambs' ears.


On Sep 13, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

a fantastic bee plant .... planted just for that reason.


On Jul 8, 2005, chnall from Dallas, TX wrote:

Mine is growing in a streetside bed with part sun. I like the silvery leaves but the leaves on the bottom keep turning brown and ugly. What am I doing wrong?


On Jun 26, 2005, StarGazey26 from (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is a nice accent plant against dark green plants. I got two small pieces from a friend, and two years later, it has covered almost a 18' by 20' area! My whole garden floor is covered with it. I mean, I love the plant and how well it does. It seems to thrive on neglect.

I never fertilize it, and it hardly gets any water, and yet it still grows and spreads like crazy! It is kind of hard to get out of the ground to get rid of it, so I have to shovel it out,, but I kept a little small area of it! I love the feel of the leaves--they are sooo soft. It is an amazing plant, but spreads quick--might be better suited in a pot, or container.


On May 30, 2005, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

In 2004, I put one small lamb's ear plant close against the house, where it had been dug up and backfilled for some foundation repair. It developed into a small mound by the end of the summer, and this year it has exploded into a huge mat of soft, fuzzy foliage. It doesn't seem to mind heavy clay soil and hot, dry conditions. The green leaves are covered in small hairs, which give it a grey or silvery colour. The hairs help reflect light and prevent moisture loss, so it's quite drought tolerant. It is a member of the mint family, which are known for being invasive, but in this case it's good because I need it for erosion control. The flowers are unremarkable but they attract many bees.

Unfortunately it can also start looking weedy later in the year, when the plant elongates ... read more


On May 27, 2005, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a great grey/white accent in between all the green I have going on in the garden. I have a lot of iris and this seems to soften things a bit.

Grows readily even in poor soil, separated plants are quickly recovered and beautiful.

The flowers are awesome and different also.


On May 12, 2005, dmhl921 from Morristown, IN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I purchased two very small plants last year and they have grown (in a sunny location) to a patch about 2 feet by 3 feet and about 18 inches tall. It hasn't started to flower yet and I'm looking forward to seeing the blooms and drying them. I plan to split this plant and give my friends and family starts as it's taking over my lavender garden. It's a beautiful plant which does well in hard clay but really grows too fast to plant anywhere you don't want it to take over.


On May 3, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I don't much care for foliage plants but lamb's ears are a novelty. The "ears" feel just like a lamb's ears. It has attractive dusky gray, furry leaves and has a nice carpeting habit of growth.

I've not yet had the experience of dealing with it as a pest. My plant is a second year division from a neighbor's, growing in part sun, which may have reduced the invasiveness.

They should be uncovered and removed of dead foliage in the spring to promote new, attractive and healthy growth.


On Mar 29, 2005, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This lovely plant just invites you to touch it - its leaves certainly are soft as a "lamb's ear". The flowers are small & nondescript, & I usually remove them.

Needs very well-draining soil to prevent rot & prefers full sun. Will tolerate some shade, but may get leggy.

Like all silver-leaved plants, this old-time medicinal herb makes a wonderful addition to a "Moon" or "White" garden.


On Mar 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is just about indestructible. I leave it as filler (it took over the entire back yard at one point) until I find a plant I want more. And actually, I leave a few patches here and there as accents.


On Oct 27, 2004, nevrest from Broadview, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

Thrives here in Saskatchewan Zone 3.
Lovely in "Moon" gardens.


On Oct 26, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

The flowering stalks of this plant can also be dried for fall arrangements. Simply cut it off close to the base of the plant when the "head" is in full bloom and hang it upside down to dry. Leaves may also be dried and used (air dry). Moisture in the air can cause the "heads" to droop sometimes, so best used lying horizonal in a fireside basket arrangement, or plan the shape of the arrangement accordingly.

I grow many of these for just that purpose. Great plant!


On Sep 11, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra,
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

I like this plants foliage and how vigorous it is. Its only downside to me is that it can wilt and go mouldy in humid summer weather. A hardy and relatively cheap plant.


On Jul 16, 2004, sgbaumann from Pittstown, NJ wrote:

I have it growing wild everywhere (New Jersey) we haven't seeded our new lawn - it took me a while to figure out that it's not necessarily a weed - I'm going to start transplanting it into my gardens!


On Jul 7, 2004, myah from Millinocket, ME wrote:

I live in northern Maine, and this plant seems to thrive in my garden. I planted a small plant from an end of the season sale at my local nursery, last September. I wasn't sure it was make it in this climate. This summer it has tripled in size. I love the color and the texture.


On Jun 3, 2004, ladyhawkrvc from Plainfield, IL wrote:

I absolutely LOVE the texture and look of this species. I have it planted in really poor clay soil that I amended with mushroom composte and other things. On top of that, there is some lava rock on top and the plant is thriving incredibly well. It's a change of pace kind of plant that's really eye-catching in a rock garden. It sure gets lots of positive reviews and acknowledgement from family and friends who see it in my garden.

ladyhawkrvc, Plainfield, IL


On May 30, 2004, Joyous from Himrod, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have a love/hate relationship with this plant. It grows in excess in my gardens, but that means I always have some to share with friends. I do love the scent when you cut the blossom stalks off, it reminds me of grape koolaid. I am continually digging the older plants up and tossing them and then leaving the younger ones till they become a pest also.


On May 30, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Yes, it's velvety to the touch and pleasing to the eye, but it can get way out of hand if you don't keep it from spreading all over the place.


On May 21, 2004, stitch_peddler from Lancaster, CA wrote:

After seeing this plant on Califronia's Central Coast, I fell in love with it. I tried and tried to grow Lamb's ears in my climate (Zone 8). It is very dry, hot and windy in the summer and very dry, cold and windy in the winter. When I stopped babying this plant it went wild. I am very happy with it.


On May 5, 2004, bluemellon from Fremont, CA wrote:

The plant foliage looks great and neutralizes well in cruddy soil... my only complaint is that mine won't flower in the relatively shady area it's planted in.


On May 4, 2004, michele_inla from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

Beautiful plant with a "fuzzy" texture. This plant is doing great in clay-like soil, with sun but not too much sun. It is hot here and I water it once a week. Lamb's Ear spreads outward from the center and creates a dead spot in the center. Not great for borders.


On Oct 28, 2003, dho1655 from Belvedere Tiburon, CA wrote:

This plant is deer-resistant.


On Aug 15, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

This plant did very well for me in a sunny, hot, hard packed red clay flower border in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, but seems to have died out in my new garden in Northcentral Florida after an extremely wet, cloudy and cool summer. I planted it in a raised bed here, but that didn't seem to help. I'm waiting to see if it will come back this fall, and if it doesn't I will just give up on it for my area. I did enjoy the way it could fill up the front of a border up in Georgia, though, as I was trying to landscape a new yard after the builder's blldozers had scraped off the topsoil.

October 29, 2003
My Lamb's Ear never returned, although my similar looking Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) did return. So this beautiful plant is just not suitable for my hot, humid and ... read more


On Aug 12, 2003, rambler7 from Blue River, WI wrote:

I have found that hummingbirds love the flowers on this plant, which is very hardy. I transplanted a few early June and they survied in Wisconsin, (USDA Zone 4.)


On Jun 1, 2003, lauburt from Vancouver, WA wrote:

I find this plant to have an unattractive flower. On the positive side, bees LOVE it! It tends to split in the middle and take on a "moldy" look if not clipped back. Can be EXTREMELY invasive.


On Apr 15, 2003, Jesusfish from La Salle, IL wrote:

It's fuzzy, it's green, it's short enough for a border. It's hard to kill, and great to touch. Why not try it? I am moving many of these plants from my back yard to the front, as a border to some taller perennials.


On Mar 8, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grown primarily for its soft white, woolly foliage; leafy flower spikes with lilac blossoms may be removed for better appearance. Self-seeds freely. Should be divided every few years to rejuvenate the plant.