Lamb's Ear Seeds

Woolly leaves are silvery-green, very showy, and soft to the touch, making it a particularly nice addition to children's gardens.

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$2.50

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Lamb’s Ear is one of the best foliage plants for the sunny garden! It is long-lived, evergreen, and is very low maintenance. Its woolly leaves are silvery-green, very showy, and soft to the touch, making it a particularly nice addition to children's gardens. The plant has two growth phases, one in which it spreads horizontally to form a cushy mat or groundcover, and the other when it flowers in handsome purple spikes. Lamb’s Ear makes a perfect companion plant for roses. Deer and rabbits leave it alone, and it thrives in many places most other plants refuse to inhabit: dry, shallow, and rocky soils; urban settings where air pollution is present; and drought-prone gardens.

Lamb’s Ear has a wide variety of uses. It has been used for centuries as a wound dressing on battlefields. The soft, fuzzy leaves absorb blood and helps it to clot a lot more quickly. It also contains antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

The tea of the fresh, undried leaves helps with fevers, diarrhea, sore mouth and throat, internal bleeding, and weaknesses of the liver and heart.

You can bruise the leaves so that the juices are released, and put them on bee stings or other insect bites to help reduce the swelling. The same effect can be seen when used for treating hemorrhoids, or for postpartum recovery.

Being soft and super absorbent, Lamb’s Ear leaves can be used in place of cotton or toilet paper. 

You can eat the leaves as well! Enjoy young, tender leaves fresh in a salad, or gently steamed as greens.

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!

Additional Info

Botanical Name Stachys byzantina
Life Cycle Perennial
Min. Time to Germinate 15 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 30 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds Just Cover; barely cover with soil
When to Sow Indoors 8-10 weeks before last spring frost
Growing Height 6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
Plant Spacing 12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
Hardiness USDA Zone 4a: to -25F, USDA Zone 4b: to -20F, USDA Zone 5a: to -15F, USDA Zone 5b: to -10F, USDA Zone 6a: to -5F, USDA Zone 6b: to 0F, USDA Zone 7a: to 5F, USDA Zone 7b: to 10F, USDA Zone 8a: to 15F, USDA Zone 8b: to 20F, USDA Zone 9a: to 25F, USDA Zone 9b: to 30F, USDA Zone 10a: to 35F, USDA Zone 10b: to 40F
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade
Danger N/A
Bloom Color Violet/Lavender
Bloom Time Late Spring/Early Summer
Foliage Evergreen, Grown for Foliage, Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured
Other Details Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater, This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds, This plant is resistant to deer
Soil pH Requirements 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Propagation Methods By dividing the rootball, From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall, From seed; sow indoors before last frost, From seed; stratify if sowing indoors, From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
Seed Collecting Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds, Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
Seeds Per Pack 50