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Stachys byzantina - 'Big Ears' (Lamb's Ears)

Stachys byzantina - 'Big Ears' (Lamb's Ears)
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Type Herbaceous flower, Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Low Growing or Spreading Plant, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Yellow Flowers (Summer), Silver Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Stachys byzantina - Cultivation Notes

Stachys requires a hot dry position in full sun, preferably on a poor quality dry sandy or chalky soils. Soil must be well drained so avoid heavy clays. Avoid mulching and fertilizer. Occasionally weed around and allow space to spread.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Stachys byzantina:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Stachys byzantina

  • Invasive/spreading root growth

Design & Plant Use for Stachys byzantina:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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Common Missspellings: Stachis, Stychis Stakis, Stakis, Stackis

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