Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet' (Lamb's Ear) 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.
(4-6" tall x 18-30" wide.) Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet' (Lamb's Ear) 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
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia
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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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