Lamb's Ear is a mat-forming perennial flower that is native to the Middle East but can be commonly found growing in disturbed meadows and prairies in scattered locations throughout the United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 12-16” and features velvety silver leaves, 10-16” spikes, and small bright purple flowers. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, resistant to deer and rabbits, tolerates drought, is both edible and medicinal, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
Species: Stachys byzantina
Cultivar: Lamb's Ear
Also Known As: Lamb’s Tails, Lamb’s Tongue, Woolly Betony, Woolly Woundwort.
Native to: Iran, Krym, North Caucasus, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe.
Introduced into: Altay, Austria, British Columbia, Bulgaria, California, Connecticut, Czechoslovakia, France, Illinois, Montana, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Ontario, Québec, Ukraine, Utah, Vermont, Virginia.
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Perennial
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Water: Moist, well-drained, pH 5.8 - 7.2
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Also is deer resistant and not to popular to rabbits.
Sow Depth: On soil surface.
Produces: velvety silver leaves, 10-16” spikes, and small bright purple flowers.
USDA Grow Zone: 4a-8b
A tea made from the young leaves is used to treat fevers, diarrhea, sore mouth and throat, internal bleeding, and weaknesses of the liver and heart. The same tea can be used topically as an eyewash to treat pinkeye and sties.
The juice from crushed leaves can be placed directly on the skin to treat bee stings and insect bites helping to reduce swelling. It can also be used to treat hemorrhoids, or for postpartum recovery.
Extremely active, thrips feed in large groups. They leap or fly away when disturbed. Host plants include onions, beans, carrots, squash and many other garden vegetables, and many flowers, especially gladioli and roses. Both adults and the wingless larvae are attracted to white, yellow and other light colored blossoms and are responsible for spreading tomato spotted wilt virus and impatiens necrotic spot virus.
Beans: Kentucky Wonder Pole (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Beans: Lazy Housewife Pole (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Bean: Royalty Purple Pod Green (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Carrots: Chantenay Red Cored (Heirloom) (Daucus carota)
Carrots: Cosmic Purple (Heirloom) (Daucus carota)
Carrots: Danvers (Heirloom) (Daucus carota)
Carrots: Rainbow Blend (Heirloom) (Daucus carota)
Carrots: Scarlet Nantes (Heirloom) (Daucus carota)
Carrots: Tendersweet (Heirloom) (Daucus carota)
Onions: Evergreen White Bunching (Heirlooms) (Allium fistulosum)
Onions: Ruby Red (Heirloom) (Allium cepa)
Onions: Sweet Spanish White (Heirloom) (Allium cepa)
Onion: Sweet Spanish Yellow (Heirloom) (Allium cepa)
Squash, Summer: Dark Green Zucchini (Heirloom) (Cucurbita pepo)
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This is the traditional and reliable zucchini that just keeps on producing! Fruits are dark green, and nice and straight! Matures in about 60 days. Average water needs. Attractive to bees, butterflies, and/or birds.
Squash, Summer: Black Beauty Zucchini (Heirloom) (Cucurbita pepo)
The long loved American heirloom bush-type zucchini variety we all know as 'Black Beauty' was bred at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Storrs, Connecticut sometime in the 1920's. This was accomplished by stabilizing a cross between 'Caserta' and 'Salerno' zucchini varieties. Then it was introduced into the AAS by breeder John Scarchuk and was selected as the All American Selection winner in 1957. In 45-60 days, this space saving compact plant produces shiny black-green zucchini with creamy, white flesh that are the tastiest when harvested at 6-8” long. Black Beauty can be enjoyed raw, boiled, baked, stir fried, and even sauteed!