Beatrix Farrand Plant Profiles

Stachys byzantine, lamb's ear


Stachys byzantine, lamb’s ear

The common lamb’s ear with soft silver foliage is found as an edging plant in many of both Gertrude Jekyll and Beatrix Farrand perennial borders.

This plant is easily grown in any average to poor garden soil that has good drainage. It has pink flower stalks which some gardeners prize, but because Farrand like Jekyll recommended cutting the flower stalks down before they have a chance to bloom, we don’t see the blooms at Bellefield. Cutting back the flower stalks encourages thicker and more plentiful base foliage.

The thick, absorbent leaves of this plant were said to be used as band-aids for past generations.