Also known as
Bear's Ear, Bunnies' Ears, Cat's Ear, Lamb's Tongue, Lamb's Wool, Mouse Ear, Rabbit Ear, Woolly Woundwort, Lamb's-Lugs, Lamb's-Tails, Woolly Betony, Woolly Hedgenettle, Woolly Stachys
Stachys byzantina flowers by Stan Shebs (CC BY-SA 3.0)
5 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Lamb's Ears Overview
Stachys byzantina is a species commonly known as Lambs' Ears. It is a well-known, ground-covering perennial, popular for its soft, white, fur-like, hairy foliage. The leaves are often retained quite late into autumn or winter in mild areas, but the plant is not properly evergreen, and the foliage falls eventually to be replaced by a fresh crop in spring. In warmer climates, they will stay evergreen. Flowers are pink-purple and may be striped, they are arranged densely in whorls on a flowering spike. Lamb's Ears is also known by the names Lamb's Wool, Mouse Ear and Rabbit Ear, all referring to the lovely soft leaves. It is also sometimes sold under older names such as Stachys lanata.
How to harvest Lamb's Ears
Generally not harvested
How to propagate Lamb's Ears
Divide thick clumps or remove rooted sections of the plants and replant.
Sow seed into trays in autumn or springtime. Transplant as soon as big enough to handle.
Propagate from seed, cuttings.
Special features of Lamb's Ears
Once established, plants are reasonably drought-tolerant, making this a good choice for a dry sunny border or gravel garden.
Soft grey leaves
Other uses of Lamb's Ears
Borders, Ground cover
The leaves, deep fried in batter, are known as 'lambari' or fried fish in Brazil! Use them young in salads, steamed or stir-fried.
Leaves can be used on insect bites, including bee-stings. It is a natural anti-bacterial bandage for wounds. Dried leaves are great for colds, flu and asthma.
A soft natural toilet paper!