Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet
Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear
Details(4-6" tall x 18-30" wide.) Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet) is a handsome, fuzzy, grey-leaved groundcover that thrives in problem areas such as dry shade and poor soils. Non-flowering, use the foliage to contrast nicely with green and blue leaved plants. A great medium spreading groundcover that thrives in the xeric garden. Best in regions with dry summer heat; avoid planting in areas with high humidity, as these conditions can cause foliar rot. (Photo credit: Plenuska (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
|Common Name||Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear|
|Botanical Name||Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade|
|Mature Height||4-6" tall|
|Mature Spread||18-30" wide|
|Bloom Time||Non-flowering variety.|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained 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, Adds Texture|
|Ideal Region||Western Only, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Coastal California|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
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Comments about High Country Gardens Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet:
We absolutely love our silver lambs ears plants and they make a thick blanket of foliage and spread nicely, so there is always enough to share with neighbors. We just insert our shovel into the perimeter of a patch and take out a chunk to give away. The coverage of this soft and fuzzy plant is so robust, it's impossible to even tell afterward that any are missing!
We have two properties in separate parts of our high desert town. One has clay soil. The other has very fine sand and silt. Our silver lambs ears thrives in both places!
It needs to be watered every one or two days for the first week or two after transplanting if it is planted during a rainless period. At first, the leaves might flop and droop and lay flat on the soil. If this happens, please be patient! In a week or less you should see the smallest, center leaves perk up and point skyward like the cutest little soft green lamb or baby bunny ears!
We live at 5000 feet elevation, zone 7, with freezing winters and mostly very dry summers with 90-100 degree temps daily. After the first week or two of watering, we give these plants NO CARE and they do great and multiply! And I mean NO care; no fertilizing, watering, mulching...we completely abuse and neglect it. ;)
One of our favorite things about this wonderful, thornless and soft workhorse of a plant is that while it competes with weeds to block them out, it lives harmoniously alongside established landscaping. In this way it almost acts like a living mulch. For example, we have some all around a rosebush, which only seems to thrive from having the lamb ears about its roots. The rose has grown tall and blooms profusely since the lamb ear has surrounded it, while it used to barely survive. We don't water either one, they live in synergistic harmony.
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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.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
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