Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’

Lambs' ears

  • Botanical name: Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'
  • Common name: Lambs' ears
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
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Lambs’ ears, Stachys byzantina, is a well-known ground-covering perennial, grown for its soft, woolly foliage. Plants are particularly attractive to the solitary wool carder bee, Anthidium manicatum, which cards the fine hairs from the leaves to use as nesting material.


Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’ has oval, woolly, grey leaves, but differs from other stachys types in that it rarely flowers. It’s evergreen, which makes it an extremely useful front-of-border, mat-forming plant for year-round interest.


Grow Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’ in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Once established it’s reasonably drought-tolerant, so will be happy in a dry, sunny site, or gravel garden. To propagate, divide plants as soon as growth starts in spring.

How to grow Stachys 'Silver Carpet'

  • Plant size

    15cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

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Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Stachys 'Silver Carpet' and wildlife

Stachys 'Silver Carpet' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Stachys 'Silver Carpet' poisonous?

Stachys 'Silver Carpet' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People