‘Helene von Stein’ Lamb’s Ear

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Stachys byzantina ‘Helene von Stein’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4a to 8b
You won’t be able to keep your hands off the big, velvety soft, silver-green foliage of ‘Helene von Stein’. This is the best lamb’s ear you can grow: a vegetatively grown clone that is heat- and humidity-tolerant, with no messy flowers like seed-grown varieties. This is a great accent in a full sun perennial garden, performing best in average soils. Deer- and rabbit-resistant. It is also known as Big Ears; not sure if Helene had big ears or not.
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Perennials ... Seasonal Color - Groundcover
Growth Size:   Low Plant - 10 to 10 inches tall, 18 to 18 inches wide
Growth Habit:   Mounding
Features:   Excellent Foliage Color, Bold Texture-Shape
Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Rabbit Resistant, Tolerates Wide Range of Growing Conditions, Water once a week in extreme heat
Attracts:   Butterflies
Garden Ideas:   
Perennial, Sensory, Children’s Garden
Flower features:    
Purple (rarely flowers) that bloom in summer
Foliage type and color:    Evergreen, Silver
Fuzzy silver leaves
Landscape Uses:    Beds, Rock Garden, Grouping, Firescaping/Fire Wise
Accent, Border, Container, Ground Cover
‘Helene von Stein’ Lamb’s Ear is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Low Plant - 10 to 10 inches tall, 18 to 18 inches wide
Growth Rate:   Fast
Spacing:   1-2 ft apart
Exposure:   Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering:   Low
Soil Types:   Adaptable to pH   Well-Drained   Adapted to most soil types
General Plant Care:    Care for your perennials and annuals includes monitoring for pests and diseases, periodically checking soil moisture, and providing fertilizer as needed. In general, plants that have sufficient water and the correct amount of fertilizer tend to not have as many pest and disease problems. Water new plants weekly during the growing season in the first year, and as needed after that.
General Planting Tips:    Choose a site suited to your plant's light, soil, and space needs. Dig a hole twice as wide but no deeper than the container. Perennials and annuals often look best planted in groups of five or more plants - if you are planting multiple plants, you may want to prepare the planting area and dig all your holes at one time to plan placement. Remove plant from container and loosen roots slightly. Place the plant in the hole. If using slow-release (coated) fertilizer, you may add it according to package directions at this time. Add soil back to the hole, ensuring the top of the soil from the container is even with the surrounding soil. Water well, and add more soil if needed. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around plant, taking care to keep away from stem. See our FAQ page for more details on Mulching.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Fertilize in spring when new growth appears, and once more before flowering with a general purpose or slow-release fertilizer.
General Pruning suggestions:    Pinch off the tips of stems early in the growing season for a fuller, bushier plant. You may wish to deadhead (cut off) old flowers to encourage new flowers to form. At the end of the growing season, perennials may be cut back to the ground for a tidier appearance.
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4a to 8b

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