Southwest Living SOUTHWEST LIVING PLANTS: Shrub-perennial, Lambs Ears

Type of Plant: Shrub-perennial

Common Name: Lambs Ears

Category
Shrub (Flowering, Non-Rose)

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Stachys

Species: Byzantina

Hardiness Zones
USDA 9A 20 TO 25 F

Spacing
8 in. to 1 ft.

Height
6in. - 1ft.

Width
8 in. to 1 ft.

Growth Habit
Groundcover
Spreader

Sun Requirements
Partial Shade

Water Requirements
Moderate

Soil Requirements
Neutral

Foliage
Grown for Foliage

Bloom Color: Lavender

Bloom Season: I've never had a bloom!

Rebloom
None

Fragrance
None

Propagation Method
Division

Comments
Soft velvety light green gray foliage. Really interesting texture and color in the garden. Don't plant in rich soil, don't over water, don't get the leaves wet in winter. I've never had a problem with leaf-rot but it can occur.

Landscape Ideas
Borders, drifts. It can be invasive. Multiplies from the rootball. Great, interesting texture and color to frame or show off other plantings.

Diseases and Treatments
Leaf rot can occur if the leaves stay wet for too long. In arid AZ I've never had a problem with the leaves 'staying' wet.

Image
(Image by Aguane)
"Lambs Ears in July 2010"
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