Stachys byzantina, Lamb’s Ear, Woolly hedge-nettle, Stachys lanata, Stachys olympica, or Bear’s Ear, and Rabbit’s Ear in Ireland. It is an evergreen (in milder climates) perennial with thick silvery leaves. It is 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 rosy-purple colored and two-lipped. This is a 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.
Grow Stachys byzantina in the sun. Plant it in well-drained, fertile, sandy, chalk soil. It grows to 0.5m or 0.2ft. If you like them to be bushier you can cut the flowers and the leaves and plant itself will develop. It is drought resistant. Stachys byzantina is also a rabbit and deer-resistant plant.
Stachys byzantina self-seeds. 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. Propagate this plant by division every 2 to 4 years or by roots.
Historically Lamb’s Ear or Stachys byzantina was used to dress wounds or bee stings, it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory substances.