Could there a be a plant more touchable than Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina zones 4-10)? The soft fuzzy texture of its pale silvery tinted foliage just invites passing people to pet its leaves. It grows fast, likes full sun, and can easily take over a garden bed so be prepared if you plant it to make many divisions to give away or to increase your ground cover. It blooms in the summer with pinkish purple blossoms but the real show is the foliage. It would be the perfect plant for a children's garden because of its touchable texture don't you think?
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Lamb's Ear: A Touchable Texture Plant
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt and Lowe's and is available for edible garden consulting. Dave gardens organically and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.