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Lamb's ear - Stachys

Stachys Lubera

Stachys is a popular perennial for dry locations in the garden. With silvery hairy leaves, this species makes for great ground cover plants in sunny gardens.

   
 
   
 

More useful information about Lamb's ear - Stachys

The hardy plant is also suitable for balconies or for roof gardens. The pink, purple and white flowers are extremely popular with bees, butterflies and other insects. The various varieties are perfect for containers or a trough on the balcony as well as in a perennial bed together with other drought-tolerant perennials such as sunflowers, Agastache and chamomile. Here in the Lubera online garden shop, you can buy Stachys and we offer a large selection of varieties.

Buy the Best Varieties of Stachys

The classic Stachys byzantine, also known as lamb’s ear, is very versatile in the garden. With shimmering silvery foliage, this robust plant forms a striking contrast to grasses and colourful summer flowers. The plants reach heights of around 30 centimetres and forms pink flowers in July and August. There is also a small variety of lamb’s ear called S. byzantina 'Silky Fleece'. This dwarf variety is only about 10 centimetres high. Another lamb’s ear, S. byzantina 'Silver Carpet', is often used in the garden as a ground cover for sunny locations. The best large-flowered Stachys is Stachys grandiflora 'Superba'. This species reaches 40 centimetres high, the perennial has heart-shaped, notched leaves and purple, dense inflorescences. Also popular is the species Stachys monnieri 'Hummelo', the dense-flowered garden lamb’s ear. This perennial forms low leaf cushions and is also used as a ground cover for perennial gardens.

Stachys Lubera

Location

These plants come from dry, mountainous and rocky areas. That is why these perennials need full sun in the garden. The soil should be calcareous, dry and not too nutritious. These plants are ideally used for dry perennial beds, for gravel gardens, rock gardens and as ground cover. The silvery leaves of the different species are particularly beautiful in combination with other, colourful perennials and grasses.

Container Growing

These plants can also be grown in pots and in troughs on balconies and terraces. This robust plant is also popular for roof gardens. Good care must be taken when planting them in containers. And the substrate shouldn't be too nutritious. Mix about half of normal potting soil with a quarter of sand and a quarter of pearlite - this is ideal.

Planting and Care

If the soil is too humus-rich and moist, gravel and sand must be dug in before planting. On fairly moist, humus-rich soils, these perennials can also be planted on a gravel bed. After planting, they should be watered well. Afterwards, they no longer need water. Thanks to the silvery, hairy leaves, this perennial copes well with drought. These plants are usually not fertilised either. Only if there are deficiency symptoms and the plant no longer grows, you should give it a little compost. Otherwise, these perennials are extremely easy to care for. There are also hardly any pests and diseases - only too much moisture is harmful, and the roots rot with waterlogging.

Cutting

The flowers can be harvested well for bouquets throughout the summer. They last for several weeks in the vase. After flowering, all faded branches can be cut off from these perennials. The leaves remain until autumn. The plant still looks very decorative in every location, even in the winter. The leaves are only removed completely in the spring.

Propagation

The simplest propagation method is to dig out the root balls in the spring or autumn and divide them into several pieces. It is also possible to root head cuttings in the summer. For this purpose, shoots of about 10 centimetres long are cut off and put in moist seeding soil. The cuttings should be put in a shady place, not in the sun. It is also possible to grow the plant from seeds. Sowing takes place in April in bowls or directly in the bed. The bowls with the seedlings should not be placed in full sun. Partial shade is more suitable for the young plants. When they are big enough, they should slowly get used to the sun and be planted in a bed.

Use as a Medicinal Plant and For Animal Feed

Stachys leaves are popular with rabbits and other pets; for this, the wild species is used. For the human taste, these plants and other types of plants from the labiate family taste rather bitter. Because of these bitter substances too many leaves should not be fed to animals at once. A little bit every day is definitely better. For humans, Stachys officinalis has always been used as a good natural remedy. As a wound dressing, it has an anti-inflammatory effect.

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