Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein

Large Leafed Lambs Ear

 
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8" tall x 15-18" wide. Helen von Stein' makes a great foliar accent as it is grown for its large, fuzzy, silver leaves. This is a great edging plant with a uniform, mounding habit. Non-blooming so it doesn't reseed. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Groundcover
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Rarely flowers
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. More shipping info Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 92835

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8" tall x 15-18" wide. Stachys byzantina 'Helen Von Stein' A mounding, large-leafed version of common Lamb's Ear with large soft silver leaves. Easily grown in any average to poor garden soil that has good drainage. It rarely flowers and is a great choice to replace standard lamb's ears (which reseeds and becomes weedy). Not recommended for regions with hot, humid summers, as the woolly foliage will "melt" from the humidity. (cutting propagated)
SKU 92835
Common Name Large Leafed Lambs Ear
Botanical Name Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Silver
Mature Height 8" tall
Mature Spread 15-18" wide
Bloom Time Rarely flowers
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Groundcover, Adds Texture
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Hot Desert, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Growing Stachys (Lambs Ear)
Stachys (Lambs Ear) is a big family of primarily Old World perennials that bloom from late spring into mid-summer (depending on the variety) and are easy-to-grow. They are resistant to browsing rabbits and deer.

    Preferred growing conditions:
  • Stachys grow well in most any type of soil including clay that doesn't sit wet.
  • Mulch with common mulching materials.
  • Most do well with regular irrigation to keep the soil moderately moist. But the gray fuzzy-leafed Stachys byzantina and cultivars are quite drought tolerant and grow well in dry shade.
  • Plant in full sun or part sun. Some can grow in more shade.
  • Just a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix in the planting hole is enough. Lambs Ear doesn't like rich, compost enhanced soils.
  • Special comments:
  • Some seed grown species can re-seed vigorously and should be deadheaded.
  • Varieties that spread by underground roots (groundcover types) are easily divided to propagate more plants and restrict their spread in the garden.
  • Garden Care:
  • Fertilize in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost.
  • Deadheading is not necessary.
  • Stachys byzantina should be cut back in late fall; the fuzzy foliage can rot over the winter/early spring in moister climates.
  • Other groundcover types (S. maxima) need only to be deadheaded after blooming. Large patches can be mowed with a lawn mower with mowing deck set high.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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5.0

So sweet and fuzzy...yet strong!

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from Kanab, southern Utah near Zion

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Drought tolerant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Low maintenance
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors
    • Patio
    • Pool Area

    Comments about High Country Gardens Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein:

    I have this planted in at least four different areas (coarse fill dirt, partial clay, compacted soil, and blazing hot fine sand-silt) and it does great in all three!
    Makes a VERY thick living mulch. It won't hurt existing plants, but it will keep new ones from establishing.
    I never mow ours, nor do I trim any leaves. If any leaves happen to die over a wet winter, then they can be easily plucked in spring...or I just leave them there and new growth quickly covers them.
    I have been quite aggressive with dividing in the past, and find that these quickly recover from being transplanted or propagated.
    They seem to require regular watering for a few weeks after transplant/division, but then a new and very tough plant results, even from a quite small portion of root and stem.
    I seldom water after initial settling in period; maybe a quick, absent minded and sporadic splash as I water nearby plants. It definitely doesn't seem to need a drip system or anything like that.
    Where we live we get 15.5 inches of irregularly delivered precipitation annually. It is a low humidity, high winds, high elevation area.
    I have included a photo of some lambs ears that I had divided and planted as a small piece last fall along with many other types of little, new plants. You can see that there in the foreground, the lambs ears is already largest by far. It's healthy and beautiful!
    I highly recommend as a fantastic and reliable addition to almost any landscape.

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    5.0

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    from East Oregon

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about High Country Gardens Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein:

      Bought 2 more this year after the first one survived a harsh winter and summer heat. Nice lined up near my driveway. Had pretty yellow flowers that were a surprise

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      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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