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How to Grow Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina)

How to Grow Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina)
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Stachys byzantina is extremely easy to grow in dry to medium-moisture soil in a sunny location, but they can be excessively aggressive in soil that is too rich. Because they spread quickly, plant them about 18 inches apart. Avoid overwatering them, and if the leaves decline in the heat of summer, pick them off.

  1. How do you grow Stachys Byzantina?
  2. Can you grow lamb's ears from cuttings?
  3. Where is the best place to plant lambs ear?
  4. How do you care for a lamb's ear plant indoors?
  5. What can I plant next to Lamb's ears?
  6. Is lamb's ear toxic to dogs?
  7. Does lambs ear come back every year?
  8. Does lambs ear like sun or shade?
  9. How fast does Lambs Ear spread?
  10. Is mullein the same as lamb's ear?
  11. Why is my lambs ear dying?

How do you grow Stachys Byzantina?

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.

Can you grow lamb's ears from cuttings?

How to Plant Lamb's Ears. Plant lamb's ear in the spring by digging holes no deeper than the pots you purchased them in. If planting cuttings, plant the rooted part of the cutting into the soil with the rest of the plant above the soil line. ... Water new plants deeply and frequently, but do not let soil become soggy.

Where is the best place to plant lambs ear?

The plant should be grown in full sun or partial shade. Although lamb's ear can tolerate the poorest of soils, it should always be well-draining as the plant dislikes overly moist soil. This is especially true of shady areas.

How do you care for a lamb's ear plant indoors?

The plant also does well in containers in a pot that gets afternoon shade. It can be grown as an indoor plant, but will require quite a bit of light, so a south facing window is best. Be careful not to over water it if you grow Lamb's ears indoors.

What can I plant next to Lamb's ears?

The silvery leaves of lamb's ear provide a calming cohesion and harmony in a garden with too many flower colors or a hodgepodge garden bed. Also the evergreen leaves help keep a garden visually intact during sparse winters. Partners perfectly with other low-water plants like yarrow, nepeta, and salvia.

Is lamb's ear toxic to dogs?

Traditional landscape favorites like lamb's ears, crocuses and holly can cause digestive upsets and worse.

Does lambs ear come back every year?

Of all the child-friendly plants in the garden, children seem most attracted to the soft woolly foliage of lamb's ears. Grow it as a short and attractive border for a garden devoted to children or to your own sense of touch. With easy care silvery foliage, this perennial is a must.

Does lambs ear like sun or shade?

Lamb's ear can withstand poor soil conditions and drought. One thing it will not tolerate, however, is soggy soil. This plant performs best in full-sun conditions, but it can withstand some shade.

How fast does Lambs Ear spread?

Individual plants will quickly spread to about 18 inches in width and then slowly spread out from there. Every few years you can divide the clump to keep it contained in the space allotted for it and to provide new plants for other locations in the garden.

Is mullein the same as lamb's ear?

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) grows as a “foliage rosette” with a central stalk that produces yellow blossoms. Lamb's ear (Stachys byzantina) grows as a “foliage clump” and produces pinkish-purple flowers. While the leaves are quite similar, mullein grows much taller and lamb's ear leaves are softer.

Why is my lambs ear dying?

Overwatering lamb's ear can cause problems, so exercise restraint when wielding your watering can or hose. Lamb's ear's soft, hairy leaves are perfect for trapping water from humid air or overhead watering. If they become too wet during the summer, they can die out, resulting in unsightly patches of missing foliage.

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