Lambsear

Posted by Tennessee Wholesale Nursery on Oct 02, 2014

Lamb’s ear plant is a favorite among gardening with kids. It works well in almost any garden setting. Lamb’s ear is a perennial that is with very little care. The leaves are soft and velvety that can be silver or gray-green colored. The leaves resemble the shape of lambs’ ears. In the summer, pink to purple flower spikes will grow.

Besides their fuzzy leaves, they can also be used as a makeshift bandage and are beneficial to bee stings.

Growing lamb’s ear is easy as long as conditions are right. Hardy plants grow in zones 4-8. It is accustomed to drought-like conditions in its native Middle East origins. They adapt because they have a high tolerance for poor conditions.

Lamb’s ear prefers full sun or partial shade. Despite its tolerance for poor soils, they do best in well-draining soils. The soil shouldn’t be overwatered significantly in the shade.

Even though it is known for its leaves, the lamb’s ear may garden uses. They grow low and are ideal for ground cover. You can plant them beside other perennials and with open borders or in containers.

Springtime planting is most common and makes for easy work. Make holes only as deep as the original container, and they should be at least a foot apart, so they don’t get overcrowded.

You can add compost to the holes before planting, but the lamb’s ear doesn’t need much fertilizer. They should be watered but be careful not to waterlog them.

You should trim the plant back in spring, and the dead leaves need to be removed. Deadheading old blooms is a good idea to help control spreading.

Propagation by division can occur during spring or fall, along with self-seeding.