Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'

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2 litre pot £14.99 £8.99
available to order from midsummer
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Buy Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears' lamb's ears: Purple flowers large Grey-green leaves

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • 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 lamb's 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: Lift and divide large clumps in early spring.

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Notes on Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'

"Much larger oval leaves, just as silver but with a jade-green tone and a less woolly texture - purpler flowers too"

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prickly flower heads


The leaves are soft, if slightly leathery. The description and photos on Crocus are accurate. But I was disappointed with the tiny little flowers and - even worse - the way in which these flower heads would prickle my legs if I brushed against them (which I did regularly). I bought this plant at the end of April and I put it in the compost bin last night.




Just what i wanted


Love the texture of this plant so plant in an area where its easy to touch! Doing well in semi shaded patch . Its easy to grow.




I would buy this plant again.


I love using Stachys byzantina as ground cover at the front of my borders and this one is a real beauty, with large attractive silver felted leaves all year around. It does self-seed prolifically which is great if you want more of it but can be a nuisance to weed out if you don't. It goes well in my garden with cistus and lychnis coronaria.




Delighted with purchase


Lovely plants! Arrived a little later than I expected but worth the wait. Fantastic condition and well grown, so still beautifully healthy. Very large, very soft leaves are a delight and the tall spires of flowers are loved by the bees too.




Excellent showy plant


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

Savvy Shopper




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When should I not plant Big Ears and will it be OK facing west with 5 hours afternoon direct sun?

Arthur Minute

Hello, 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.


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.

jimmy riddle

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 Euonymus fortunei Emerald 'n' Gold Alchemilla mollis Pachysandra terminalis Bergenias Stachys byzantina Big Ears



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