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Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’ (Lamb’s Ears)

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Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’ is a cultivar of Lamb’s Ear known for its decorative foliage and low-maintenance nature, making it a favorite in gardens and landscapes.

Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’: An In-depth Look

‘Silver Carpet’ is appreciated for its silvery, velvety foliage that forms a dense, mat-like ground cover. Unlike other varieties, this foliage plant rarely flowers, focusing energy on producing luxurious foliage.

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 low-growing, spreading habit, forming a dense carpet of leaves. It’s excellent for covering ground and adding texture to garden beds. It tends to be evergreen but can die back during cold winters and re-sprout from the crowns.

Size: The plant typically reaches about 8 inches in height (20 cm) with a spread of around 18-24 inches (45-60 cm).

Flowers: ‘Silver Carpet’ rarely produces flower spikes, which is part of its appeal as it maintains a consistent leafy appearance.

Foliage: The leaves are large, oval, and covered in a dense layer of fine, silvery-white hairs, giving them a soft, felt-like texture.

Uses: Ideal for use as ground cover, in rock gardens, along borders, or in sensory gardens. Its silvery foliage contrasts beautifully with green and flowering plants.

Hardiness: It is hardy in USDA zones 4-9, 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: Its primary benefits are ornamental, with its unique texture and color. It’s low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, and provides excellent ground coverage.

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 4 - 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 8" (20cm)
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 Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Stachys byzantina ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy’ (Lamb’s Ears)
Stachys byzantina ‘Silky Fleece’ (Lamb’s Ears)
Stachys byzantina ‘Helen von Stein’ (Lamb’s Ears)
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Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ears)
Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ (Bettony)

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 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 8" (20cm)
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 Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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