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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Stachys byzantina-Lamb’s-ear

Unless you have sloppy unfertile soil I have no clue why anyone would want to propagate Lamb’s-ear, but if you do dividing the clump is simple either in the spring or fall. In NC it is a weed and I have killed most of it off when it invades my lawn, thanks to neighbor’s weed patched surroundings. It does have a magenta/pink flower in June which will reach upwards of 18", will take light foot traffic and its leaves are a felty silver grey. On my lot, recently cleared, loads of wildflowers have taken over and I spotted a tiny plant this past weekend with a beautiful half blue tip/half white throat, 3" in height, that I transplanted for safe keeping. It reminded me of Chinodoxia, which it could be since squirrels dug up some bulbs after planting, but normally they bloom with crocus, which had gone by. Recent burned/cleared properties yield tons of plants with unusual flowers that a person would not normally see along with poison oak so if one gets a chance explore do it, because the odds are they will not be found in a nursery. Lamb’s-ear is drought tolerant and deer resistant. Check out the native plant list for your state and usually they have photos.

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