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Primrose Heron Lamb's Ears

Stachys byzantina 'Primrose Heron'

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Primrose Heron Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina 'Primrose Heron') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Primrose Heron Lamb's Ears foliage

Primrose Heron Lamb's Ears foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Description:

A truly elegant variation of lamb's ears; foliage emerges a pale blue-green, but sun exposure turns them a pale yellow green with lovely silver flocking; lovely whorls of pink flowers occasionally arise on footlong stems; a perfect edging for the border

Ornamental Features

Primrose Heron Lamb's Ears's attractive large tomentose oval leaves emerge bluish-green in spring, turning chartreuse in color with hints of gold throughout the season. It has masses of beautiful spikes of shell pink flowers rising above the foliage in early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Primrose Heron Lamb's Ears is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Primrose Heron Lamb's Ears is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Primrose Heron Lamb's Ears will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Primrose Heron Lamb's Ears is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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