Lamb’s Ears, also known as Stachys byzantina, is a popular perennial plant native to Turkey, Iran, and Armenia. It belongs to the mint family, Lamiaceae. Lamb’s Ears is known for its soft, velvety leaves, which give it a unique and attractive appearance.
Characteristics of Lamb’s Ears
Lamb’s Ears are known for their unique leaves, which are soft and furry to the touch. The leaves are gray-green in color and grow in a rosette pattern. They can grow up to 8 inches long and 4 inches wide. The leaves of Lamb’s Ears are also drought-resistant, which makes them a popular choice for gardens in areas with low rainfall. The plant produces spikes of small pink or purple flowers in the summer, which attract bees and other pollinators.
Growing Conditions for Lamb’s Ears
Lamb’s Ears are easy to grow and require minimal maintenance. They prefer full sun but can tolerate some shade. The plant is drought-resistant and can thrive in well-drained soil. Lamb’s Ears can also tolerate many different soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay. They can survive in temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lamb’s Ears can be propagated from seed or division. Seeds can be sown directly in the garden in the spring or fall. The plant can also be propagated by dividing the clumps in the spring or fall. Lamb’s Ears can grow up to 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide, so it is important to give them enough space to grow.
Uses of Lamb’s Ears
Lamb’s Ears are primarily used in gardens and landscapes as a groundcover or an edging plant. The soft, velvety leaves of Lamb’s Ears can provide a striking contrast to other plants in the garden, and the pink or purple flowers add a pop of color. Lamb’s Ears are also used in container gardens and can be grown indoors as a houseplant. Lamb’s Ears are also edible; the leaves can be used in salads or cooked like spinach. The leaves have a slightly bitter taste but are rich in nutrients, including calcium, potassium, and iron.