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.
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.)
HC016223 HC014295 (Plant - 2.5" Pot) - Out of stock. HC014296 (Plant - 5" Deep Pot) - Out of stock.
Pink Cotton Lamb's Ear
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Late spring to early summer
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Clay Soil
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Great For Mass Plantings, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Rabbit Resistant
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
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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