Stachys byzantina, Lamb’s Ear, Woolly hedge-nettle, Stachys lanata, Stachys olympica, or Bear’s Ear, and Rabbit’s Ear in Ireland, is an evergreen (in milder climates) perennial with thick silvery leaves. They are from the Lamiaceae family of plants. Stachys byzantina is native to Armenia and Iran. Stachys byzantina flowers in late spring and summer, the flower is a rosy-purple color and two-lipped, which creates a rather good combination with its woolly, thick silvery, tongue-shaped leaves and stems. Flowers appear on stems that grow to almost 0.5m tall. The leaves are rather wrinkly. Plant them in well-drained, fertile, sandy, chalk soil in full sun. They will grow to 0.5m or 0.2ft.
Propagate this plant by division every 2 to 4 years or by roots. They also self-seed. Stachys byzantina is very easy to grow and maintain, as it does not require any trimming or pruning. Watch out for slugs and powdery mildew. If you like them to be bushier you can cut the flowers and the leaves and plant itself will develop. They are drought resistant. Stachys byzantina is also a rabbit and deer-resistant plant. Historically Lamb’s Ear or Stachys byzantina was used to dress wounds or bee stings, it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory substances.