Scientific: Stachys byzantina (synonyms include S. lanata and S. olympica)
Common: lamb's ear
Family: Lamiaceae (formerly Labiatae)
Origin: Turkey, Armenia, Iran

Pronounciation: Sta-keys by-zan-TEE-na

Hardiness zones
Sunset
All zones (some colder zones as a summer annual)
USDA All zones (some colder zones as a summer annual)

Landscape Use: Soft textual accent and low spreading ground gover for shaded mesic rock gardens, container plants.

Form & Character: Evergreen perennial, soft, delicate, velvety, peaceful, quite

Growth Habit: Slowly clumping and spreading (in desert climates) to 2 to 5 feet.

Foliage/texture: Flattened, strongly pubscent, greyish green to greenish white, elongated ovate leaves to 2 to 4 inches long with short petiole; medium texture.

Flowers & fruits: Inconspicuous small, sessile, purple flowers on a spike; should be removed upon emergence.

Seasonal color: None.

Temperature: Tolerant to 0oF

Light: Partial to full shade. NO western sun and western exposures in Phoenix.

Soil: Well-drained best

Watering: Regular irrigations

Pruning: Only contain spread if problematic.

Propagation: Division

Disease and pests: Root rot if soil is wet.

Additional comments: A wonderful old fashion perennial border plant. Lamb's ear plants might dieback or become stressed during Phoenix summer months. Lamb's ear plants are far better suited for higher elevation Arizona landscape gardens in the cities of Flagstaff, Prescott and Payson. Lamb's ear cultivars include:

There are about 300 different species of Stachys.