General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 18 inches
Plant Spread: 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Soft to the touch.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bi-Color: pink/white
Flower Time: Spring
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Needs specific temperature: 70F
Days to germinate: 21-35
Depth to plant seed: Surface sow.
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow late winter, 8-10 weeks before last frost. Transplant in the Spring. Pinch back when transplanting. Space 16" apart. Self seeds & spreads by roots.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Lambs' Ears
  • Lamb's Ear

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  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 22, 2013 10:38 AM concerning plant:
    I find that if I snip out about 2/3 of the flower stalks, I end up with a fuller plant and still plenty of bloom. I also cut old flowered stalks back to ground level as soon as they look ratty.
  • Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Jan 20, 2013 2:05 AM concerning plant:
    Lamb's ear has been used medicinally for centuries. It isn't edible, but it is medicinal. During the Civil War its soft absorbent leaves were used as bandages to bind war wounds. It has astringent properties and slows blood flow. Additionally it has mild antibacterial properties and helps prevent infection. It's also helpful in easing pain and swelling of a bee sting.
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 9, 2012 4:49 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Apr 25, 2012 11:52 PM concerning plant:
    In 1985, I moved to a home in Centerville, OH (suburb of Dayton, OH) that had a very large clump of this plant. First thing I did was to rip it all out, as it was taking a lot of space.

    From that point on, I never wanted to have it in the ground. It grows to a large clump (if not controlled). The neighbor, who lives across the street where I took the photos, has 3 different clumps of it and two of them reseeded themselves. I'm hoping the wind doesn't send seeds across the street.

    The color is nice, the leaves are soft and nice to touch, but I don't want it growing unless I can grow it in a container and then deadhead the blooms before they go to seed.

Plant Events from our members
AndreA33 On April 10, 2015 Obtained plant
piksihk On December 12, 2019 Seeds sown
front bed HW between 4 o'clock and blk scallop
piksihk On March 4, 2018 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Trish On August 20, 2016 Seeds sown
thequeen770 On September 13, 2016 Obtained plant
Gift from Martha B. This plant was under an azalea so it was a little tender moving into my front yard. I separated it into several small starts. As of 9/22/16 all looking good except one on the downhill side of the butterfly bush next to the driveway. I did put a little fish fertilizer on 9/20
lovesblooms On February 3, 2018 Seeds sown
winter sown
antsinmypants On April 10, 2021 Plant emerged
antsinmypants On January 22, 2021 Seeds sown
WS - Jug 20
dnrevel On January 3, 2021 Seeds sown
Winter sowed 1-2-21. Planting: Light Required. Average Germ Time: 21 - 35 days Do not cover the seed but press into the soil
Keep seed moist until germination Plant Spacing: 16 inches
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