Woolly Woundwort, Woolly Hedgenettle, Lamsore (Afr.)
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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.
Generally not harvested
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.
Once established, plants are reasonably drought-tolerant, making this a good choice for a dry sunny border or gravel garden.
Soft grey leaves
Asia, Iran, Turkey and Armenia
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
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!
Susceptible to powdery mildew and slugs. Prevent plants from becoming too overgrown as the mat of leaves makes a good hiding place for slugs.