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This silver-leafed groundcover does best in well-drained soil, but tolerates adverse conditions. Its purple flowers are attractive to honeybees and bumblebees.

Latin Name

Stachys byzantina



Also Known As

Woolly Hedgenettle

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

May - July


Spring Spring
Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 1.5'
Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Flower Border
  • Ground Cover

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer
  • Rabbit
  • Drought
  • Dry Soil
  • Black Walnut
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil
  • Air Pollution

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Central Turkey, Iran, and the Caucasus


    Plantsman John Bartram listed lamb's ears for sale in his catalog from 1771 to 1809.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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