Stachys byzantina 'Fuzzy Wuzzy'
Common Name: lamb's ears
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Lamiaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 0.75 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to July
Bloom Description: Lavender
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution

Culture

Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot climates. Too much shade, however, may impede leaf drying and promote the onset of disease. Avoid overhead watering. If mid-summer foliage decline occurs, pick off damaged leaves as needed. Drought tolerant. Spreads by creeping stems that root as they go along the ground and can be mildly invasive in rich soils. May be grown from seed. Set new plants 12-18” apart for use as a ground cover. Divide when necessary or for filling in bare patches. If flowering stems appear, they may be immediately removed in order to preserve the effect of the ground cover.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Fuzzy Wuzzy’ is a lamb's ear cultivar that is typically grown as a ground cover for its attractive, soft, fuzzy, silver-gray leaves. Leaves in rosettes form a dense foliage mat to 8” off the ground. Small lavender flowers appear in summer on flowering stems rising to 14-16" tall. Leaf shape and texture resemble a lamb’s ear, hence the common name. Leaves are evergreen in warm climates, but will depreciate considerably in harsh winters.

Problems

Tends to rot and develop leaf diseases in humid summer climates. Well-drained soils are essential in order to combat potential rot problems. Even with well-drained soils, some summer die-out may occur where high humidity and/or moisture on foliage are/is present.

Garden Uses

Foliage provides interesting texture and color to the border or rock garden. Effective edger or small area ground cover. Containers.