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Care of the plant Stachys lanata or Lamb's-ear.

Care of the plant Stachys lanata or Lamb's-ear

The genus Stachys, family Lamiaceae, comprises 300 species of annual and perennial plants of cosmopolitan distribution. Some species are: Stachys lanata, Stachys officinalis, Stachys silvatica, Stachys grandiflora, Stachys affinis, Stachys coccinea, Stachys discolor, Stachys macrantha.

Common names: Woolly hedgenettle, Lamb's-ear. This species is native to Turkey, Armenia, and Iran.

They are perennial herbaceous plants that reach 50 cm (1.64") in height. They have hairy opposite silvery green leaves and lanceolate shape. The flowers are pink and appear in spikes. They bloom in spring and summer.

They are used in rockeries, curbs, mixed borders and in planters for balconies and terraces. They combine very well with Nepeta and Campanula.

Stachys lanata needs full sun or semi-shade exposure (in very hot regions). They resist occasional frosts.

The soil can be a normal garden soil with 1/4 coarse sand. The planting is done in spring.

Water moderately (once a week in summer) with little amount of water; They are very resistant to drought plants. In winter cut watering in half.

Prune the withered spikes so that the plant produces more flowers.

They do not need fertilizers.

They are plants very resistant to pests and diseases but sensitive to excess watering.

They are usually self-propagating by seeds but can be propagated by division in early spring or fall.

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Stachys lanata
Stachys lanata
Stachys lanata