Sorry for the hiatus. I’ve been busy. Back to business:
This week features Lambs Ears (Stachys byzantina), one of my favorites. As with all other past plant of the week selections, these fuzzy fellas are perennial evergreens that like full sun and need little water.
Each Lambs Ear plant grows about a foot high with a spread of 1.5 feet. The soft leaves resemble lamb ears in both their shape and texture, which, for those of you who don’t remember the last time you actually rubbed a lamb’s ear, feels remarkably like the smooth, delicate skin on the inside of a dog’s ear but covered in a soft, silvery fuzz.
This drought-tolerant perennial (yes, it comes back year after year (in theory)) makes great edging for a flower bed because it’s relatively low to the ground. From about May to June (late spring), Lambs Ears will send up spikes adorned with purple blooms.
Photo Credit: www.mygarden.org
If you’re looking to spruce up the yard and need a low-maintenance plant in a drought-prone region, add Lambs Ears to the list of contenders. At the very least, find one at your local nursery, close your eyes, give one of the leaves a rub, and then wait for the smell of sheep shit to hit your snout. It’s that real!!!