Stachys byzantina 'Cotton Boll'

Lamb's Ears

Tips for Homeowners:

Spreads by creeping stems that root as they grow, creating a sprawling ground cover. Divide every few years or control spread as needed. Remove flowers.

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Who needs a flower when the foliage provides color and texture which contrasts beautifully with neighboring plants.

  • Hairy, gray-green foliage
  • Flowers are small, silver fuzzy balls
  • Great ground cover

Ideal as a small scale ground cover or in smaller groups in perennial borders.

Height: 10-18 in
Spread: 24-30 in
Zone: 4-8
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Lamb's Ears:

This is an interesting perennial because the foliage growing in large masses is beautiful when surrounded by green leaves of other perennials or shrubs. The fuzzy flowers, however, are not particularly attractive and can be removed.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Low Maintenance
  • Rock Garden
  • Mass Planting
  • Edging
  • Border or Bed
  • Ground Cover
  • Garden
  • Drought Tolerant

Foliage Color:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Blue
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant


  • Creeping/Ground Cover

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water