Stachys byzantina 'Helene Von Stein'

Lamb's Ears, Big Ears

Semi-evergreen Groundcover, Perennial

One of the best varieties of lamb's ears with large, fuzzy, and supremely touchable, gray foliage. This semi-evergreen, drought tolerant groundcover is easy to maintain and fun to grow; simply cut back the foliage in spring or whenever it's looking shabby, give it plenty of sun, and good drainage. It blooms only occasionally and many gardeners cut them away when they appear as they detract from the main attraction; its fabulous foliage. YOu may also found it sold as Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'.

This perennial features prominently in this section of my front yard garden in Portland, OR USDA Zone 8b.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low


Size: 6 - 12 tall x 18 - 24 wide
Shape / Form: Low and Spreading
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Attractive Foliage, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Silver / Gray

Flower Color: Pink, White
Bloom Season: Summer
Flower Shape: Spike /Spire

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Groundcover, Hell Strip, Mixed Border, Small Gardens
Special Situations: Deer Resistant, Low Water / No Water, Rabbit Resistant, Reflected Heat, Tough / Fool-Proof
Wildlife: Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: front of border, ground hugger
Plant Behavior: Fast Growing / Vigorous
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low
Maintenance Tasks: Deadheading, Divide Plants to Rejuvenate, Cut Back to Rejuvenate

Plant Combos