Try growing lamb's ear in your garden. This plant is a variety of perennial herb with fuzzy green leaves and pretty pure purple flowers on long stalks. It is easy to grow and makes a great ground cover.
Lamb's Ear: Stachys byzantina. Perhaps the most well-known species of the lamb's ears. 'Countess Helene von Stein' (also called 'Big Ears') is a popular cultivar that offers leaves double the size (four inches across and up to 10 inches long!)
Lamb's Ear...easy to grow, soft to touch, beautiful purple flowers attract honey bees, and it's a natural bandaid.
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A planting of silvery Stachys ‘Big Ears’, the dark Sedum ‘Matrona’, phlox ‘Rosa Pastell’, with Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’ to the rear (Left) and Agastache foeniculum (Right).
LAMB'S EAR. Divide every 3-4 years. Shear back flowering stems close to ground level after they've finished blooming and they'll sprout heathy new stems and leaves. In spring apply thin layer compost and 2" mulch.
Big Ears Lamb's Ear: Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina, zones 4 to 9), a low-growing, spreading plant, it makes a lush carpet with virtually no irrigation required; ground cover, a filler or edging.
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