This plant is a must for sensory garden settings, and is sure to delight children when encouraged to stroke the soft leaves. If you have the flowering variety of lambs ear it is best to deadhead the spent flowers.
Versatile and vigorous, 'big ears' tolerates even the harshest of soils.
Lambs ear flowering time. Their silver foliage forms a tight matting groundcover. Keep seed moist until germination. If you have a hot dry climate then lambs ear may do ok.
The best time to divide your plants is in the spring when new growth appears. Flowers are not particularly showy, and many gardeners prefer to remove the flowering stems as they appear to enhance the ground cover effect. Lamb’s ear features silver, woolly leaves and small, pink flowers.
How to divide lamb's ear. Lamb’s ears grows readily from divisions. Do not cover the seed but press into the soil.
Boiling the leaves in hot water and then adding a mordant, brings out a fabulous, creamy, yellowish beige. If you must prune your lamb's ear in the fall, try to do so earlier than november. The plant will benefit from a good pruning close to the crown in spring to remove dead leaves.
It responds well to heavy pruning. Lamb’s ear spreads outwards leaving a bare spot in the middle. While lamb’s ear is most commonly grown for its foliage, it does bloom;
A favorite for growing with kids, the lamb’s ear plant ( stachys byzantina) is sure to please in nearly any garden setting. Basal leaves are to 10cm long, in rosettes, flowering stems erect to 50cm in height. The rosette of leaves at the base grows 6 to 8 inches tall, making lamb's ear ideal for edging.
The leaves of wooly lamb’s ear are perfect as makeshift bandages. See more ideas about lambs ear plant, lambs ear, stachys byzantina. Several selections with varying leaf and flower colour are available.
The flowers are unsubstantial and the plant is frequently grown for the visual quality of its foliage. A flower stalk can form in late spring or early summer on some varieties, rising 8 to 10 inches. The ideal plant for a beginner, lambs ear is easy to plant and care for.
This will help the plant to bush out and remain more compact. A good sign that your plants need to be divided is a big hole in the middle of each clump. I would suggest removing no more than 1/3 of the plants growth during a single pruning in spring.
It will grow in almost any soil that is not waterlogged but its tolerance for heat and dry make it idea for rock gardens, planters that tend to be forgotten and ground cover in hot dry areas. Great to use in hot spots where other plants fail to thrive. It likes full sun and a well drained soil.
The leaves and stems of this plant are covered with a dense layer of tiny white hairs, making them feel silky to the touch and giving them a silvery appearance. Lamb’s ear has been used as a natural dye for wool. Warmer zones it will depend on your climate.
Full sun to part shade: Lamb’s ear will flower in late spring and right through summer. Using the bracts (flower spike) instead of the leaves, a light mauve can be attained.
Flowering time (month) june to august; This plant has a really high tolerance for abuse so it should come back strong as ever the following spring, but if cut back in the fall, now it will be lacking its natural insulation over the winter, so perhaps test a small patch and see how it responds. Towards the end of autumn the spent flower heads will be looking old and dry, this is when we harvest the seed.
Stachys byzantina, also known as woolly hedgenettle or lamb’s ear, is a perennial plant belonging to the mint family. The foliage is also similar in shape to that of a real lamb’s ears, hence its name. Every 3 or 4 years divide the plant in early spring, just as the new growth begins.
Stachys byzantina or lamb's ears as they are affectionately known, are one of the toughest, low maintenance small perennials for our gardens. Most of us will remove these to make the plant look fresh and new again.