Stachys byzantina ‘Helen Von Stein’ lamb’s ears
A mounding, large-leafed version of common Lamb’s Ear with large soft, silver leaves. Easily grown in any average to poor garden soil that has good drainage. It rarely flowers which is useful for us at Bellefield because we understand that Beatrix Farrand like Gertrude Jekyll would direct gardeners to cut the flower stalks down before they bloom.
These gardeners prized it for its gray foliage not its pink blossoms and cutting back common lamb’s ear keeps the foliage thicker and more plentiful at the base. This cultivar is also good as its leaves are less likely to melt in heat and humidity.