January 17, 2019

Counting Baby Sheep

Joy Meyers Photo | Stachys byzantina - lamb's ears

Joy Meyers Photo | Stachys byzantina – lamb’s ears

Stachys byzantina - lamb's ears in bloom

Janine Pineo Photo | Stachys byzantina – lamb’s ears in bloom

Perhaps it is appropriate that Stachys byzantina is a member of the Lamiaceae family. Where else would lamb’s ears call home? This perennial herb is known for its silver-gray foliage covered with fine hairs, giving it a soft and fuzzy appearance and texture. Like many relatives in the mint family, this native of Turkey and Iran can be quite prolific in the right conditions: full sun, dry to medium moisture and fertile soil. It can be treated as a drought-tolerant groundcover, spreading by creeping stems, and only growing a few inches high before flowering. It is very susceptible to rot and leaf diseases in humid climates. The flowers are not considered showy, but to this writer, they are quite sweet as they resemble little lambs’ heads.

Submitted by Joy Meyers

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