Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina) - 50 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 4-8
A favorite for growing with kids, the lamb’s ear plant (Stachys byzantina) is sure to please in nearly any garden setting. This easy-care perennial has velvety soft, wooly evergreen leaves that are silver to gray-green in color. The foliage is also similar in shape to that of a real lamb’s ears, hence its name. If left to bloom in summer, lamb’s ear will produce spikes of pink to purple colored flowers too. In addition to enjoying its attractive, fuzzy foliage, the leaves can be used as a “band-aid” of sorts for healing wounds and in helping painful bee stings.
Besides the sopping up of blood and use as a dressing, lamb's ear has also been used as a poultice and has analgesic properties. It was used either alone, or to help hold in other herbs like comfrey. It was often used in the aftermath of bee or wasp stings, and reduces the swelling from both.
Grow this hardy perennial flower in full sun to partial shade and in well-drained soil. It is a reliable performer that needs little care. Lamb's Ear uses include edging the border of the garden or as a general ground cover. It is a ready self-seeder, and also spreads by roots making it ideal for ground cover. Sow Lamb's Ear seeds in late winter, 8 - 10 weeks before last frost. Use starter trays and quality starter soil. Press Lamb's Ear seeds into the soil but do not cover. Keep the flower seeds continuously moist until germination. Transplant Lamb's Ear seedlings outdoors in spring. At the time of transplanting, pinch back to encourage compact growth. Space Lamb's Ear plants 16 inches a part.
Soil: Moist, well-driained
Soil pH: 5.8 - 7.2
Seed Depth: Surface sow, press into soil, but don't cover.
Seeds per Plant: 3-4
Water: Keep moist until germination
Light: Required for germination