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STACHYS - byzantia 'Helene Von Stein' / Lamb's Ear

    STACHYS - byzantia 'Helene Von Stein' / Lamb's Ear

    Stachys 'Helene Von Stein' is a stunning perennial plant known for its unique foliage and long-lasting blooms. This cultivar is a part of the Stachys family, also known as lamb's ear, and is characterized by its large, soft, velvety grey-green leaves that form a dense, low-growing mat. In late spring to early summer, it produces tall spikes of small, pinkish-purple flowers that add a splash of color to any garden.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 30-40 cm (12-16 in)
    • Spread: 45-60 cm (18-24 in)
    • Flower color: Pinkish-purple
    • Flowering period: Late spring to early summer
    • Foliage: Large, soft, velvety grey-green leaves
    • Sunlight requirements: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil requirements: Well-draining soil, pH level 6.0-7.5
    • Hardiness Zone: 3

    Stachys 'Helene Von Stein' is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of garden settings. Its low-growing, mat-like habit makes it perfect for ground covers, borders, and edging. It also pairs well with other perennials in mixed plantings or cottage gardens.

    One of the main benefits of Stachys 'Helene Von Stein' is its unique foliage. The large, soft, velvety leaves create a striking contrast with other plants and provide texture to the garden. Additionally, this plant is easy to care for and has good drought tolerance. It is also resistant to deer and rabbit browsing.

    Companion Plants:
    • Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' - The contrasting color and texture of the fragrant lavender flowers and the silvery-green foliage of Stachys 'Helene Von Stein' make them an excellent pairing.
    • Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' - The deep blue-purple flowers of the Salvia and the silvery-green foliage of the Stachys create a beautiful contrast in the garden.
    • Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' - The bold, purple flowers of Echinacea and the soft, fuzzy foliage of Stachys 'Helene Von Stein' create a beautiful visual contrast.

    Care Instructions:
    Stachys 'Helene Von Stein' prefers well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade. It is drought tolerant once established but benefits from regular watering in prolonged dry spells. This plant does not require deadheading, but cutting back the spent flower spikes will encourage a second flush of growth. In the fall, the foliage should be cut back to the ground to promote healthy growth the following spring.

    Final Thoughts:
    Stachys 'Helene Von Stein' is an excellent choice for gardeners looking for a unique, low-maintenance plant with stunning foliage and long-lasting blooms. Its drought tolerance, resistance to browsing animals, and versatility make it a valuable addition to any garden.