Stachys, Lamb's Ear 'Silver Carpet'

Stachys byzantina

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


Alpines and Rock Gardens



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage




Foliage Color:


Dark Green


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)

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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:

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

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 2, 2013, Cville_Gardener from Clarksville, TN (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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!