Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet - Lambs Ears
Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet can give your perennial garden that soft almost white contrasting plant that sets off all the rest. Some folks cut off all the flower spikes as they come up. I generally give them a chance to flower and then go purge them all, as the flowers are nice enough in their own right. Stachys byzantina foliage grows 6-8 inches tall, flowers to 18 inches and slowly spreads a few inches each year so long as there is water available. I get some recruitment of new seedlings. The Lambs Ears will go dormant where it is cold enough but are Winter hardy to most anything California can dish out.
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