Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Wonderful for children's gardens! Lamb's Ear is aptly named; its leaves are velvety soft, silver, and shaped like its namesake. It is a wonderful plant for massing in the front of the border garden or in containers.
'Silver Carpet' tends to spread much more quickly than other varieties, making it a good groundcover for dry, sunny spots. Though it is listed as a non-flowering cultivar, it rarely does send up a few small flower stalks.
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
Grown for its attractive foliage
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Lamb's Ear grows best in full sun but will also tolerate partial shade. Good drainage is essential for this plant. Without it, plants will rot. Divide every 3-4 years in spring or more frequently if plants become woody in the center. Rake in the spring to remove the dead foliage. Plants are drought tolerant once established.