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Big Ears Lamb's Ears

Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'

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Big Ears Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears') at Minor's Garden Center

Big Ears Lamb's Ears foliage

Big Ears Lamb's Ears foliage

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Big Ears Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears') at Minor's Garden Center

Big Ears Lamb's Ears

Big Ears Lamb's Ears

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  10 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  20 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Gaint Lamb's Ears

Ornamental Features

Big Ears Lamb's Ears's attractive large tomentose oval leaves emerge silver in spring, turning grayish green in color throughout the season. It has masses of beautiful spikes of pink flowers rising above the foliage in early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Big Ears Lamb's Ears is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Big Ears Lamb's Ears is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Big Ears Lamb's Ears will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Sizes Available:

4.5" Cont. $5.99

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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