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Lambs Ear Seeds

Lamb's Ear Seeds

Fuzzy, Silvery Leaves to Carpet the Border!

(P) Pkt of 50 seeds
Item # 03985-PK-P1

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One of the best foliage plants for the sunny garden, this perennial is long-lived and very low maintenance. Evergreen in warmer climates, it offers long, woolly leaves of silvery-green, very showy and soft to the touch. Plant it at the feet of your roses and other shrubs, or let it carpet the ground. An effortless source of longlasting color!

Lamb's Ear takes its name from the shape and texture of its foliage, and this is the appeal of the plant, though it does bloom as well. (The flowers are pale purple, carried on spikes above the foliage, and not particularly breathtaking!) This perennial forms a nice rosette with long, elegant leaves in all directions. Deer and rabbits leave it alone, and it thrives in many places most other plants refuse to inhabit: dry, shallow, and rocky soils; urban settings where air pollution is present; and drought-prone gardens.

Many gardeners use Lamb's Ear as a carpet beneath other plants in the perennial or shrub border. It does a good job covering ground nicely, and where it is perfectly content, it can spread over time. In warm or humid climates, however, it is primarily an early-season beauty, tending to die back a bit in the sticky heat of August (only to rebound later). It loves dry weather and needs good soil drainage, but other than that is quite unfussy.

Lamb's Ear makes a good edging for paths, because the foliage is soft and very touchable. In moderate and warm climates it may be evergreen. Expect it to reach 12 to 15 inches high and about 12 inches wide in full sunshine, and let it have a bit of shade in hotter climates. So easy so beautiful, and so unlike everything else in the garden! Zones 4-8.

Review Summary
(Based on 4 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


Healthy seedling
darlene from ON wrote on April 15, 2020

Very good germination rate with these easy grow plants

Doing great in my aerogarden
Secondadonna from NY wrote on March 29, 2018

Wow! These seeds are sprouting like crazy in my aero garden seed starter system. Might have to plant them outside a little earlier than expected, as they are getting big! Look very healthy so far!

Doing great in my aerogarden
Secondadonna from NY wrote on March 29, 2018

Wow! These seeds are sprouting like crazy in my aero garden seed starter system. Might have to plant them outside a little earlier than expected, as they are getting big! Look very healthy so far!

we have lambs ear
Gardening mama of 2 boys from WA wrote on August 05, 2013

So just when i was about to give up, here come the seedlings, and I mean i put the tray on the way out area, right next to the pink lavender (that still has done nothing 3 months and counting). We only have 7 plants but they are getting large and very healthy...and ohh so fuzzy. i always say if I at least get one plant it is usually cheaper then the nursery. good luck with your lambs ear.

Stachys Germination Information

Stachys is the botanical name for Lamb’s Ear
Stachys Seed Germination How to Sow Stachys:
  • Best sown indoors at a temperature of 65-75°
  • Germination will occur in 15-20 days
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors in spring or summer, up to two months before first frost
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Stachys:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space 10-18 inches apart in full sun to light shade

Soil: Site in a light, rich soil with excellent drainage. Very tolerant of drought and poor soils

Additional Care: For aesthetics, remove the flower stalks as they detract from the ornamental foliage. Remove also the dead or dying leaves and keep in mind that the pubescent foliage is subject to rot in wet weather

Appearance and Use:

Grown for its ornamental foliage that is useful in borders as an accent plant or in mass plantings as a ground cover or edging. The habit is that of a spreading mat of attractive, dense, light gray, woolly, 4-6 inch long foliage. Plants grow 18 inches tall and spread to 24 inches. The 12 inch tall, woolly, light gray flower stalks bear spikes of 1/2 inch long, tubular, two-lipped, woolly, purple or pink flowers in late spring and early summer. The flowers, though not ornamental, attract bees and butterflies

About Stachys:
Pronunciation:  sta’kis bi-zan-te’nå
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Lamiaceae, native from the Caucasus to Iran
Common Name: Lamb’s Ear

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!
Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?
GMO freeIt is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?
Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?
Pelleted pentas seedsExtremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?
The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?
For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?
Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?
We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?
When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.