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Stachys byzantina ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy’ (Lamb’s Ears)

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Stachys Byzantina 'Fuzzy Wuzzy', Lamb's Ears 'Fuzzy Wuzzy', Donkey's Ears 'Fuzzy Wuzzy', silver foliage perennial
Stachys Byzantina 'Fuzzy Wuzzy', Lamb's Ears 'Fuzzy Wuzzy', Donkey's Ears 'Fuzzy Wuzzy', silver foliage perennial

Stachys byzantina ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy’ is a delightful cultivar of the commonly known Lamb’s Ear, favored for its distinctively textured foliage and garden performance.

Stachys byzantina ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy’: An In-depth Look

‘Fuzzy Wuzzy’ is a variant of Lamb’s Ear known for its dense, fuzzy foliage. This foliage plant maintains the classic characteristics of the species but with an even more pronounced velvety texture.

Native: Stachys byzantina is native to the Middle East, specifically to regions in Turkey, Armenia, and Iran.

Plant Type and Habit: This perennial is characterized by a ground-covering, clumping habit. It forms low mounds of foliage, making it an excellent choice for filling in garden spaces. It tends to be evergreen but can die back during cold winters and re-sprout from the crowns.

Size: The plant typically reaches about 14-16 inches in height (35-40 cm) with a spread of around 18-20 inches (45-50 cm).

Flowers: The flowers are small, pink to purplish, and bloom on short spikes. They add an extra layer of interest to the already appealing foliage of this cultivar.

Bloom Time: Flowering occurs in late spring or early summer.

Foliage: The leaves are large, oval-shaped, and covered in a dense layer of fine hairs, giving them a soft, furry texture. The foliage is a silvery-gray color, adding a unique visual element to gardens.

Uses: Ideal for rock gardens, borders, and as ground cover. Its textured foliage is also valued in sensory gardens.

Hardiness: It is hardy in USDA zones 5-9, showing a good range of cold tolerance.

Wildlife: The plant is not a significant attractor of wildlife but may offer some shelter to small garden creatures.

Toxicity: Lamb’s Ear is not known to be toxic to humans or pets.

Deer and Rabbit: It is generally resistant to deer and rabbits, thanks to its fuzzy leaves.

Drought: Once established, it is quite drought-tolerant, making it a good choice for xeriscaping.

Invasiveness: This cultivar is not considered invasive and typically grows within its planting area without aggressive spreading.

Benefits: ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy’ offers aesthetic appeal with its unique texture and color. It’s low-maintenance and drought-tolerant, making it a practical choice for various garden styles.

Lamb’s Ear Growing Tips

Light: Prefers full sun to partial shade. Full sun encourages denser foliage growth and better overall health.

Soil: Thrives in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. It tolerates a range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils with good drainage.

Water: Once established, Stachys byzantina is drought-tolerant. Water regularly until the plant is established, then reduce frequency. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.

Fertilizer: Requires no fertilization since it prefers soil that is not rich. If necessary, apply a light layer of compost or a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring.

Pruning: Trim back the flower stalks after blooming to maintain a tidy appearance. Remove any damaged or spent foliage to encourage new growth.

Propagation: Easily propagated by dividing the clumps in spring or fall.

Pests and Diseases: Generally pest-resistant. Watch out for slugs and snails. Overly moist conditions can lead to root rot or fungal diseases. Good air circulation and proper spacing can help prevent these issues.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Stachys
Common names Lamb's Ear
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’ (Lamb’s Ears)
Stachys byzantina ‘Silky Fleece’ (Lamb’s Ears)
Stachys byzantina ‘Helen von Stein’ (Lamb’s Ears)
Stachys palustris (Marsh Betony)
Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ears)
Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ (Bettony)

Recommended Companion Plants

Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle)
Achillea (Yarrow)
Sedum (Stonecrop)
Salvia (Sage)
Allium (Ornamental Onion)
Hosta (Plantain Lily)

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Stachys
Common names Lamb's Ear
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
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