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Featured Plants - Lamb's Ears

Lamb's Ears

Lamb’s Ears ‘Helene von Stein’
Stachys byzantine ‘Helene von Stein’

Don’t let the tender fuzzy leaves of Lamb’s ears fool you. This silvery groundcover, grown primarily for its foliage, stays attractive in both summer and winter. The soft velvet-like texture begs to be petted, making it perfect for a children’s garden as well as perennial bed or edging. ‘Helene von Stein’ is one of the best Stachys cultivars, with larger leaves, a higher tolerance of heat and humidity, and a tendency not to flower, so no deadheading is required. (Standard varieties have 18-24” spires of small violet flowers in summer.) Stachys takes full sun or partial shade, and well-drained soil is essential. Deer and drought tolerant. Spring division every 2-3 years is suggested.

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