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Lamb's Ears is a low growing spreader with very fuzzy, pale, silvery gray-green foliage. They are grown primarily for the color and texture of their foliage, although I love the spikes of lavender blooms too. My humingbirds even sipped at the nectar for the first time last year! Lamb's Ears are often recommended for children's gardens because of their soft feel. They look a little unsightly after blooming or a hard rain. Pull off any discolored foliage to perk the plants back up. They are extremely resilient and drought tolerant. I believe the "strong shall survive" in my garden. You will appreciate my motto!
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun to Partial Shade
Late Spring/Early Summer
Grown for foliage
May be invasive, especially in the south
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored