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Stachys byzantina

Stachys byzantina
lamb's ear
Stachys byzantina

Common name lamb's ear
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers purple
Size 6" (18" in flower)
Light full sun
Cultural notes average garden soil. drought-tolerant

This silver-green leafed plant produces tall flower spikes with purple flowers mid-summer; smelling faintly of bubble gum. Leaves are fuzzy, easily divided.
A real kid pleaser, and even I can't help but reach down every once in a while. In Pennsylvania, we always grew the straight species, which self-seeded reliably (somewhat abundantly, even) and became a bit ratty-looking after flowering. Wishing to establish this garden favorite in our new Texas garden, we found that nurseries only offer 'Helen von Stein', a non-flowering cultivar. So that's what we got – it will have a neater appearance, but we'll miss those bubblegum flowers.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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