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Silver Carpet Lamb’s Ears

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A flowerless variety of lamb’s ear for those who are looking for the silvery ground cover effect without the copious bees, however can get a rare bloom; spreads faster than other cultivars so prepare to contain it

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
8 inches
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Stachys
Species:
byzantina
Cultivar:
Silver Carpet
Summer Foliage Color:
gray green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
average
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Lambs Ears
Branching:
herbaceous
Density:
dense
Spacing:
18 inches

Ornamental Features

Silver Carpet Lamb's Ears' attractive large tomentose oval leaves emerge silver in spring, turning grayish green in color throughout the season on a plant with a spreading habit of growth.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Carpet Lamb's Ears is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Silver Carpet Lamb's Ears will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Silver Carpet Lamb's Ears is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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