Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet

Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear

Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet By Plenuska (CC License via Wikimedia Commons) View Larger Image



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. Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear is a drought resistant (xeric), non-flowering perennial plant.

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Per Plant - 5" deep pot
Zones 4 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40" (with care)
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Non-flowering variety.
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot


(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. Good for Firescaping. (Photo credit: Plenuska (Own work) [CC 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
Flower Color Silver
Mature Height 4-6" tall
Mature Spread 18-30" wide
Bloom Time Non-flowering variety.
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
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, Groundcover, Adds Texture
Ideal Region Western Only, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Coastal California, Northeast, 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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High Country GardensStachys byzantina Silver Carpet

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Truly drought tolerant and evergreen


from Kanab high desert Utah, 14in/year

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


    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet:

    This is a follow-up review with a photo of the beautiful leaf texture. :) I also want to add that the 5 inch pots from High Country Gardens were so generously filled with lambs ear and they're healthy root systems, that we were able to divide immediately. That represented a great value, basically twice as many plans as we were expecting.

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    (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


    Hardy and a joy!


    from Kanab, Utah

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    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Easy Care
    • Full Coverage
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Versatile


      Best Uses

      • Block Out Weeds
      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      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.
      Great plant!

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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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