Common name: Bunny ears, Lamb's ears, Donkey's ears
Native to: Columbia and Ecuador
Stachys byzantina is a wonderful evergreen perennial, mostly grown for its rich rosettes of showy, velvety, silvery tongue-shaped leaves, resembling furry ears and bringing interest to the border. Pink-purple flower spikes appear in the late spring and early summer. The flowers add textural interest, but cutting them off promotes foliage growth and improves the plant's vigour.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun ot light shade
Flowers: Pink-purple flower spikes (rarely)
Foliage: Evergreen, silver tongue-shaped leaves
Growth habit: Spreading habit, forming a compact mound
Hardiness: Hardy and fairly drought resistant
Height: Up to 15-20 cm
Spread: Up to 30-90 cm
Soil requirements: Prefers well-drained soils.
Uses: Good for edging beds, softening hard corners and walks, massed as a ground cover, as an accent in the border, underplanting shrubs or in rock gardens. Works well as a filler and border perennial.