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Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'

Lambs' ears

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage

Skill level


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Plant details

Lambs' ears is a well-known ground-covering perennial, popular for its soft, fluffy foliage. Big Ears' has particularly large leaves, up to 25cm (10in) long. The flowers appear in mid-summer, and the thick silvery-felty stems with knotty buds are quite a feature. The flowers are not very conspicuous, being hidden among the felt. Once established, plants are reasonably drought-tolerant, making this a good choice for a dry sunny border or gravel garden. To propagate, divide plants as soon as growth in spring.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Stachys

Species: byzantina

Cultivar: Big Ears

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Silver

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

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