Success With Seeds Stachys

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