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. Good for Firescaping (cutting propagated)
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Large Leafed Lamb's Ear
Stachys byzantina Helen von Stein
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Clay Soil
Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Great For Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Good For Containers, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant, Rabbit Resistant
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Spring / Summer, Fall
Ships To Canada
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.
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.
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.
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