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Lambs’ ears

Stachys byzantina 'Silky Fleece'

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This new cultivar of a treasured favorite is as cute as a button. With leaves about the size of a dime, 'Silky Fleece' has the same great soft, silky texture and silver color as other lambs' ears, just in a smaller package, growing to about 10 inches tall and wide. Lilac-plum flower spikes rise above the foliage from mid- to late summer. Grow it as edging, in containers, or in rock gardens.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSilky, silvery foliage.

CareProvide full sun and well-drained soil. Prefers cooler summer climates without a lot of humidity.

ProblemsThis plant does not like a lot of humidity or heat.

  • Genus : Stachys
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Uses : Containers
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Bloom Time : Late Summer, Summer
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Foliage Color : Silver/Grey
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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