Lamb’s Ears is the perfect example of plant over planter (and we mean the person doing the planting not a cute little pot). So widely grown and cultivated that it seems to be a native of almost everywhere. Actually, it is native to Northern Turkey, the Southern Caucasus Mountain regionand Southern Iran where it grows on rocky hills and scrub areas. In other words, it is a weed. Which is exactly the quality it makes apparent in a rational planned garden. Like many weeds we adopt, it does its own thing. This makes it important to use it the right way in your garden and not try to make it something it isn’t. For instance, it isn’t the border plant to end all border plants. The potted plants are so cute and they look so nice when you line the driveway with them, but this is a mistake. Why? Because they aren’t going to stay there. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean they are going to sneak off in the middle of the night or anything as clandestine as that. What they do is grow outward from the center and leave a nice bare spot in the middle. This usually starts happening after they finish blooming.
- Height: 2 Feet with bloom
- Hardiness: Perennial in Zones 4-11
- Flower Color: Lavender
- Characteristics: Full Sun, Herbaceous, Water Conserving
- Uses: Dried Flower, Ornamental