Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, moderately fertile soil
- Rate of Growth: average
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Soft spikes of woolly, purple flowers from June to September above rosettes of large, greyish white, felted leaves. This form of lambs' ears is primarily grown for its leaves, which are larger than other varieties. An excellent groundcover plant for sites in full sun, it's drought tolerant and provides a weed-suppressing carpet for much of the year.
- Garden care: Pick off and destroy any foliage that becomes infected by powdery mildew and treat the remaining leaves with fungicide. Lift and divide large clumps in early spring.
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Comments about Crocus Stachys byzantina'Big Ears':
Although I have clay soil I am going to dig in grit and manure to improve the soil. I did see a specimen of this plant that was about 90 cm tall and looked very impressive. I hope my plant establishes well over the next few years
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Q:When should I not plant Big Ears and will it be OK facing west with 5 hours afternoon direct sun?Asked on 15/9/2015 by Arthur Minute from York
It will probably grow in around 5 hours of full sun a day, but it wont flourish as well as it normally would in a sunnier spot.Answered on 16/9/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:What can I plant on a grave?
I need ideas for plants on my late wive's grave. I'm no gardener, so it has to be nice and easy with very little maintenance. At the moment I have planted some crocus bulbs and snowdrops, which provide winter and spring colour and I've put in two coloured heathers. People have given me some suggestions, but their idea of gardening and mine are two different things. I do like to see a nice garden, but it is just not my forte`. The site is quite well maintained, and is has plenty of sunshine all day long, the soil is a sandy texture being on the south coast. Your comments and ideas would be most welcome.Asked on 19/11/2005 by jimmy riddle
A:It can be a bit tricky to find plants that will grow on graves as they need to be tough, but look really nice throughout the year. Below is a list of plants that should fit the bill - just click on the links below each plant to find out more Euonymus fortunei Emerald Gaiety http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/euonymus-fortunei-emerald-gaiety/classid.3820/ Euonymus fortunei Emerald 'n' Gold http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/euonymus-fortunei-emerald-n-gold/classid.3818/ Alchemilla mollis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/alchemilla-mollis-/classid.233/ Pachysandra terminalis http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3288&CategoryID= Bergenias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=bergenia Stachys byzantina Big Ears http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3619&CategoryID=Answered on 21/11/2005 by Crocus
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