Some plants we grow because they have beautiful flowers, others smell great or taste even better. Then there are the plants that just plain feel good. Lamb’s ears is one of those. I often imagine what a bed of lambs ears would feel like. Obviously smaller creatures than I know the answer.
Lambs ears forms a low carpeting mat of the most beautiful, soft, silky, fuzzy leaves you can imagine. It’s a plant for the tactile senses. It does form a tall flower stalk but that is totally secondary to the leaves. Makes a great groundcover.
Stachys is a great plant for dry gardens (xeriscape) as it is drought tolerant and loves the sun, however does very well in part shade too. Not fussy about soil except it must be free draining. I’ve never been bothered with pests or disease and the deer totally leave them alone (deer resistant).
There is another variety called “Primrose Heron” which has pretty yellow-green foliage. My expereience has been that this variety is not nearly as robust or reliable as the original.
A very easy care plant that goes into fall looking great, and in the spring a simple gentle clean up of the old leaves is all that is required. A great plant to introduce children to, it’s something they can touch!