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Stachys 'Helene Von Stein' (lamb's ears)

Stachys 'Helene Von Stein'

lamb's ears

Also known as Big Ears, this low-growing selection produces a dense mat of woolly silver-gray leaves with an irresistible velvety feel. Although grown primarily for its interesting foliage, lamb's ear bears spikes of purplish pink flowers on tall stems that appear in summer. This cultivar is particularly useful to gardeners as its leaves won't melt in heat and humidity.

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Height

12 Inches

Spread

18 Inches

Spacing

12-18 Inches

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

lamb's ears Interesting Notes

Big Ears' is noted for its silver-green foliage which forms an attractive ground cover. Dense rosettes of thick, soft, velvety, silver-green leaves (to 8" long) form a mat approximately 8" off the ground. Flowering stems are rare. Leaf shape and texture resemble a lamb's ear, hence the common name. Leaves are evergreen in warm climates, but will depreciate considerably in harsh winters. This cultivar is synonymous with 'Helene von Stein'. -Missouri Botanic Garden

Stachys 'Helene Von Stein' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun average to dry soil with good drainage. Water well on planting and regularly until established. Drought tolerant.

Good Substitutions

lamb's ears Stachys 'Silver Carpet'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Summer
Summer
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Groundcover
Groundcover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Evergreen
Evergreen
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Dry
Average
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Attributes
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type
Vegetative