Stachys, Lamb's Ear 'Helen Von Stein'

Stachys byzantina

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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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:


Dark Green


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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (red-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

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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:

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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


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

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


On Oct 19, 2010, braun06 from Irving, TX (Zone 8a) 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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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!


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.


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.