Wooly Lambs Ears (Stachys byzantina), packet of 20 seeds, organic
Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Hardy to Zone 4 to 10
Evergreen perennial native to Turkey, Armenia and Iran, with soft and downy leaves, flowering purple to 18 inches. I have noticed that plants with smooth skin (unless it be dry and leathery) are often quite frost sensitive, while woolly plants tend to be frost hardy, and this is so with woolly lamb’s ears. The downy leaf also makes the plant exceptionally drought tolerant, looking healthy and unlikely to droop even if water supplies are thin, and sun is intense. The plant has two growth phases, one in which it spreads horizontally to form a cushy mat, and the other when it sends up its stalks and flowers in handsome spikes. Mainly used as a container plant in the city, it does well in planters along the sidewalk and is easy to upkeep while providing texture and color along what might otherwise be a drab and angular walkway. Traditional usage (TWM): wounds, hemostatic. Plant prefers full sun and is not particular about soil. Sow in pots in the spring and work up seedlings to the second set of leaves before transplanting out to 1 foot spacing. The plants will soon cover the area and self-mulch.
20 seeds/pkt. Certified Organically Grown