Lamb's Ears

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Touchably soft and silvery, the velvety Lamb's Ears plants (Stachys byzantina) are well-known for their soft, fuzzy, sterling-green foliage and stems! Low-growing and highly adaptable, Lamb's Ears are iconic garden plants with numerous perks!

With spikes of purplish-pink small flowers, it has a wonderful effect on any garden! Even the blooms have fuzzy accents! Lamb's Ear blooms in mid-summer. Lamb's-Ear is not known for its flowers, however, because its foliage is what takes center stage!

These creeping foliage plants do wonderfully throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 9, Stachys perennials mix and meld with all other flower and foliage plant colors, growing just 8 inches in height and spreading 1 - 2 feet in width.

Planting and Application:

Lamb's Ears are perfect for Moon gardens, glowing and shimmering in the partial sun landscape and in the moonlight alike! Add these touchable perennials to Sensory gardens and Children's gardens to enjoy their velvety beauty! The leaves add softness to bed and border edges, and add sterling filler and groundcover under larger shrubs and around larger perennial plants, while highlighting everything beautifully!

Their easy-going nature also has a rugged side, doing equally well in Rock Gardens and having some drought tolerance once established. The pretty textural plants look equally lovely in containers as spillers and fillers, looking adorably soft throughout partly shaded patios, in porch pots, and filling bare spots in mixed planters all growing season long!

  • Super Velvety Soft Silver-Green Leaves
  • Purplish-Pink Blooms
  • Low-Growing & Spreading Perennials
  • Touchable-Soft Adaptable Plants
  • Edging & Borders, Groundcover, Container Thrillers & Fillers

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Lamb's Ears need to be planted in partial sun/partial shade and appreciate morning sun locations to dry the leaves of dew, but protected from the hot summer sun with some afternoon shade. Especially in the hotter climates where summer's sun will take its toll on the soft leaves. Lamb's Ears may tolerate some full sun in cooler growing zones, but these perennials shrug off humid summers with ease.

You may find in hotter summers, that Lamb's Ears take a break and shrink away, Lamb's Ears revive and look splendid once again right until the winter's heavy frosts. Doing their best in a well-drained soil area, Stachys loves average moisture and good drainage. Water well during establishment periods and throughout the hottest summer months, however, Lamb's Ears is fairly drought tolerant once established as long as it has some protection from the sun.

A 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch to insulate the roots and prevent soil from splashing onto the leaves during rain, keeping them cleaner and reducing foliar disease issues. Spring clean-up is a breeze, trim the leaves away before new spring growth emerges.

  • Partial Sun & Partial/Afternoon Shade Locations
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Prune Back In Spring
  • Easy-Care & Low-Maintenance!

Lamb's Ears are fantastic silver foliage plants that fill your garden in touchably soft beauty and hardy resilience! Order your own tactile garden accents for yourself today from Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Lamb's Ears Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Stachys byzantina
Type Perennial
Mature Height 8 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Purplish-Pink
Foliage Silver, Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring