Stachys lavandulifolius

Pink Cotton Lamb's Ear

Pink Stachys lavandulifolius, Stachys lavandulifolius , Pink Cotton Lamb's Ear

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Stachys lavandulifolius (Pink Cotton Lamb's Ear) is an amazingly xeric wildflower from the wildlands of Turkey. The plant's fuzzy bright pink flower spikes appear in late spring and are uniquely beautiful. Our selection of Pink Cotton Lamb's Ear grows well in a variety of soils including clay. Stachys lavandulifolius is a drought resistant (xeric) plant.

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to grow
Groundcover
Low Maintenance
Great for Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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SKU HBLM6XX

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8-10" tall x 12-15" wide. Stachys lavandulifolius (Pink Cotton Lamb's Ear) is an amazing xeric wildflower that is truly breathtaking in full bloom. Pink Cotton Lambs Ear has attractive low growing gray-green foliage and a profuse display of fuzzy, bright pink flower spikes unlike any you've seen before. They are stacked with woolly calyxes (flower sheaths) that create a halo of pinkish-white fibers through which bright rose-pink blossoms emerge. Catching the late afternoon sun, the flower spikes positively glow with pink! Our selection of Stachys lavandulifolius adapts easily to garden cultivation, is nicely xeric and thrives in a range of soils including dry clay. It is an excellent choice for hot, harsh, poor soil sites and is highly resistant to browsing animals once established. Deadhead promptly after flowering is done to keep the plant tidy and the foliage looking good. (Cutting propagated.)
Associated SKUs
HBLM6XX
92845 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBLM621 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Pink Cotton Lamb's Ear
Botanical Name Stachys lavandulifolius
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 8-10" tall
Mature Spread 12-15" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Groundcover, Low Maintenance, Great for Mass Plantings
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, 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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4.0

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88%

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Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • Hardy (5)
  • Healthy (4)

Cons

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  • Garden (5)
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5.0

This plant gets asked about more than any other in my garden

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from Fort Collins, CO

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Pros

  • Attractive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Xeric

    Comments about High Country Gardens Stachys lavandulifolius:

    I planted this little gem 6 years ago in my xeric hellstrip, which gets watered only a few times a year. It was a little slow to get started, but this spring it's about 2 feet across. It pairs beautiful w the wooly Veronica at its feet, and later in the season is surrounded by various penstemons and sages. I've never seen this plant anywhere but HCG! Everyone wants to bend over and touch it.

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    5.0

    Tough as nails and cool looking!

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    from Millcreek, UT

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • nice low growing groundcovery habit

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about High Country Gardens Stachys lavandulifolius:

      Has done super well in my drip irrigated yard at 5500' in the Salt Lake City area. It lived two years in a pot with minimal love before I got it in the ground! I water once a week at most in the heat of the summer in late June through and mid-August - less in late spring and early fall. Cool texture when done blooming!

       
      4.0

      One Bloom So Far!

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      from Huntington Beach, California

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      Pros

      • Good Groundcover

      Cons

      • Only One Flower Spike

      Best Uses

      • Good Groundcover

      Comments about High Country Gardens Stachys lavandulifolius:

      Since it has only been in the ground for about 7 months I only had one flower spike this spring, but it is already about 12" in diameter and I think I'll have many more blooms to come. I have to say, however, it is not pink as noted, it's a beautiful lavender.

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      5.0

      Beautiful.

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      from Salt Lake City, Zone 7

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about High Country Gardens Stachys lavandulifolius:

        I love this little thing. It's the only one of my plants from last year that didn't die. It rained without stopping through April and May, then was suddenly 100 degrees in June with only one rainstorm for the rest of the summer. So, rather ridiculous weather. But the lamb's ear hung in there, and it was much bigger when it came back this year. It's so soft and delicate looking, but a tough little kid. Definitely recommended.

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        5.0

        Gets better every year

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        from Montezuma, NM

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Attracts Pollinators
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors

          Comments about High Country Gardens Stachys lavandulifolius:

          I am loving this plant, and it gets more impressive every year. It's a great ground cover that has slowly been spreading in a garden with Greek and Serbian yarrow, delosperma, and agastache. I'm growing it in a clay loam with very little extra water in zone 5/6 with about 12-15" of precipitation per year with pea gravel mulch. The flowers are a lovely color, and the fuzzy look of the plants is unique and it looks especially great when back-lit with late-day sun. Along with delosperma, it's becoming one of my go-to groundcovers for all my gardens. Pollinating insects also seem to love it.

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          1.0

          Didn't do well in Washington State in 2015

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          from Washington State

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Stachys lavandulifolius:

              This plant didn't do well in 2015 in WA State, we had a very hot summer and even though I kept it watered the plant remained dry.

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              3.0

              Sunburned?

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              from Albany, Oregon

              About Me Master Gardener

              Pros

              • Hardy
              • Healthy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Container
                • Garden

                Comments about High Country Gardens Stachys lavandulifolius:

                I planted this Stachys in a container because it was small and I wanted to observe it at close range for a few months before planting it in the garden. I had it in a full, hot sun location and it suffered a bit of leaf burn. After moving it to a cooler location it grew and bloomed. The flowers were very impressive.

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                4.0

                Pink Cotton Lambs Ear

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                from Beaufort,SC

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                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Stachys lavandulifolius:

                  This lamb's ear arrived beautiful and healthy. I couldn't find it anywhere at local garden shops and was so happy to find High Country Gardens. I will purchase plants again in the future. Thank you

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                  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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