How to Grow Lamb’s Ears

Lamb’s Ears is one of the most amazing silver-leaved perennials. It is a widely cultivated plant and very easy to grow.
Lamb’s Ears is also known as Stachys byzantina and is a member of the Lamiaceae family.

Lamb’s Ears originates from Turkey, Iran and Armenia. It was considered as a medical herb, because this plant has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

This plant prefers full sun or partial shade and a well-drained soil. Lamb’s Ears works perfect as a border perennial, but it can be grown in pots or containers. The leaves are soft and silvery grey/green and they are a good companion for my beautiful roses.

It is recommended to plant Lamb’ Ears in spring. Dig a planting hole which should not be deeper than the pots. Lamb’s Ears can grow 12 to 18 inches tall.
Do not forget to water the plants every week!

The good news is that my Lamb’s Ears survived the winter. The only thing I had to do in spring was to cut out the damaged areas. I had no problems with diseases or pests, but sometimes you need to deal with the following problems: fungal leaf spots, root lesions or rust.
You can grow Lamb’s Ears from seed or by dividing the root ball. It is recommended to divide Lamb’s Ears every 3-4 years.

Lamb’s Ears is deer resistant, tolerant and rabbit resistant.

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12 thoughts on “How to Grow Lamb’s Ears

    • Unfortunately, it is said that it can be dangerous for cats, but my dog and cats did not have any problems because of it. For example, you could bruise the leaves (so that a juice is released) and you can reduce with this the swelling of insect bites. You could make also a tea from the leaves (just dry the leaves). This tea helps with diarrhea, fevers and internal bleeding.

  1. I saw these at a colonial garden in Virginia when I lived there and knew that I’d grow lambs ear when I had my own garden. They seem to do well in shade and sun, but I never knew after a couple of years that they’d bolt up and grow beautiful purple flowers.

  2. There are one of my favorites too. I also was surprised when mine flowered profusely this year, attracting a ton of bees. Also, I am rather confident I will have to thin them out next spring…they are overtaking the bed I have them in!

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