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Lamb's Ears

Stachys byzantina
This matt-forming, perennial herb is native to the Middle East from the Causcasus to Iran and has been cultivated since the late 18th century. Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon listed it as "Stachys lantana, Wooly Stachys" in The American Gardener's Calendar, 1806. Although Lamb's Ears is a member of the mint family and related to the Common Betony, it appears to have been grown as an ornamental rather than for medicinal purposes. New Jersery nurseryman Peter Henderson noted in his Handbook of Plants, 1890, that this species was the only one of its family of special merit for the garden, and was "used to a considerable extent in the formation of white lines for ribbon borders or massing" in Victorian flower beds. Lamb's Ears form thick, wooly, gray-green leaves and spikes of wooly, pink-purple flowers on erect stems from early summer to early autumn.
Growth Type: 
Purple, Pink
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn Oval Bed
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Jun 14 to 2002 Aug 92003 May 23 to 2003 Jul 4
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