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Silver Carpet Lamb's Ears

Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'

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Silver Carpet Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet' foliage

Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet' foliage

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Silver Carpet Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'

Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  8 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Lambs Ears

Description:

A flowerless variety of lamb's ear for those who are looking for the silvery ground cover effect without the copious bees, however can get a rare bloom; spreads faster than other cultivars so prepare to contain it

Ornamental Features

Silver Carpet Lamb's Ears' attractive large tomentose oval leaves emerge silver in spring, turning grayish green in color throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Carpet Lamb's Ears is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. 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 is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

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

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

Planting & Growing

Silver Carpet Lamb's Ears will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 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.

Silver Carpet Lamb's Ears is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
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Ornamental Features