Stachys 'Helene von Stein' Lambs Ear

Stachys 'Helene von Stein' Lambs Ear
Stachys 'Helene von Stein' Lambs Ear

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This larger, darker variety spreads quickly and tolerates drought, salt, heat, and moderate humidity
SKU v2601
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Key Characteristics

4 - 8

Mature Height

10 IN

Mature Width

18 IN

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Dry, Moist, well-drained

Soil Type


Description / Stachys 'Helene von Stein' Lambs Ear

Stachys 'Helene von Stein' Lamb's Ear is a perennial plant known for its striking ornamental foliage. This variant of Stachys, also known as 'Countess Helen von Stein' or 'Big Ears', stands out with its larger and darker leaves, some reaching up to 12 inches long, twice the typical size of the species. Resembling the shape of a lamb's ear, the soft, fuzzy, grey-green leaves have a velvety texture and a silvery sheen. Although primarily a non-flowering variety, it may sporadically produce a few small flower stalks.

As a member of the Stachys byzantina species, also called lamb's ear, 'Helene von Stein' forms a low mound that spreads quickly through its creeping stems. Despite its rapid growth, it remains non-invasive. It serves as an ideal ground cover or edging in a rustic cottage garden, and also makes a stunning accent, border, or container plant.

Resilient and adaptable, Lamb's ear thrives in sunny to partially shady spots with average, dry to medium moist, well-drained soil. However, it can also adapt to light shade and various soil types, including clay and poor soils. 'Helene von Stein' is known for its tolerance to drought, salt, heat, and moderate humidity, once established. Plus, it's cold hardy and resistant to deer and rabbit interference, making it a reliable addition to your garden.

Product Details

Genus Stachys
Species byzantina
Variety 'Helene von Stein'
Product Classification Perennials
Habit Mound-shaped
USDA Zone Low 4
USDA Zone High 8
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Foliage Color Silver/Gray
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Characteristics Easy Care Plants, Flower
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Fall Color
Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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