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Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina)



Fuzzy silver green foliage makes this perennial a must have for any plantophile. Lamb's ears have been grown from thousands of years as an ornamental pollinator plant. If you have children, this plant is a sure fire way to get them interested in gardening.


Readily spreading, this herbaceous plant of the mint family will act as a ground cover and fill in bare spots, working wonderfully as an edge plant. The flowers are not particularly showy, but it is the unique and captivating foliage that make this plant so well known.



In some parts of the world, lamb's ear is cultivated to be used as a culinary herb. In history, lamb's ear has been used for its antiseptic and somewhat sedative properties.


Though the blossoms may not be illustrious to the average person, hummingbirds and bees will be forever grateful for these purple spikes of flowers. At the same token, deer and rabbit are reticent to eat these plants, making them the perfect plant for a mountain garden.




Readily growing at high elevations and in cold climates, there is simply no reason you wouldn't want to grow lamb's ears on your High Altitude Homestead!

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