Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Lamb's Ears
Stachys byzantina

Lamb's Ears
Lamb's Ears
Wooly, silver colored leaves all season. Pink flowers are produced from early summer to frost, but are considered of secondary interest to the flowers. 
Full sun to light shade. Requires a well drained soil. 
  • 'Big Ears' ('Helen Von Stein')-very few flowers, tolerates humidity better.
  • 'Cotton Boll'- flowers are fluffy and resemble small cotton balls, foliage grows 4-6 inches tall.
  • 'Primrose Heron'- leaves are yellow-green in spring and fall; doe produce flowers.
  • 'Silver Carpet'- non-flowering; leaves are thick and very wooly.
Mature Height
6-12 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 8 
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
June - September
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Foliage may rot in wet sites or when humidity or rainfall is high.
Additional Notes


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Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
U of IL - Distance Diagnosis through Digital Imaging
U of IL - Plant Clinic