Woolly earwort (Stachys byzantina), a fertile ground cover: planting, care

Ear wool (Stachys byzantina syn. Stachys lanata), also called bear’s ear or hare’s ear or rabbit’s ear, is a rhizomatous perennial very hardy (-20 ° C), native to gardens, meadows, bushes or dry hills in places from the Caucasus to Iran.

It was covered in white fur that looked like something. Gathered in rosettes, its leaves are more or less green in winter depending on the severity. Their length varies between 4 and 10cm, they are whole, opposite, oblong, elliptical, lanceolate, thick, fine teeth, gray and wrinkled, fluffy, of a grayish green color. The dry and dry land, the leaves are more fragile, while the rain destroys the velvety appearance and brings out the green of their color.

The square buds have short or acaulous leaves, which decrease in size at the top, but above all they grow in different spikes 10 to 20cm high made of hairy flowers, purple , 1 to 2cm in diameter. .long.

The woolly earwort forms a ground cover thanks to its creeping rhizomes, and the main interest to be found in it is its resistance to summer drought, with rapid growth. However, Stachys byzantina is not a plant that can be described as invasive: when it spreads too much for you, just pull it out.

  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Type: evergreen perennial
  • Origin: Iran, Turkey
  • Color: Red purple flowers
  • Sow: Yes
  • Cut: Yes
  • Plant: spring or fall
  • Flowering: June to August
  • Height: 40 cm (50 to 60cm flat)

Suitable soil and propagation for Stachys byzantina

Stachys byzantina grows in a sunny place in a soft, poor, rocky, dry, good soil.

Date of sowing, cutting and planting hairy earwort

In spring or fall, Stachys byzantina is sown in pots, under a cold source.

The division of the clumps is planned in the spring, while the herbaceous cuttings are done in the first summer.

Can be planted in fall or spring.

The conference on the conservation and culture of the woolly epiaria

Bear’s ears do not need maintenance, although they can do without water in the middle of summer. Removing faded flower buds encourages the growth of more beautiful leaves.

Diseases, pests and parasites of Stachys byzantina

Stachys byzantina cannot get disease or attack from pests or pests. He is very afraid of winter water.

Stachys byzantina flowers

Location and good mix of woolly grass

It is a plant grown on the edge of dry garden beds, as a ground cover, on a wall or on a rock.

Types and varieties of Stachys are recommended for planting in the garden

Genre Stachys There are about 300 species in total, including the woolly ear or bear’s ear (Stachys byzantina), but also betony officinalis (Stachys officinalis) also called common earwort, wood earwort (Stachys sylvatica) whose feathers give off an unpleasant smell, the red earwort (Stachys coccinea) with red flowers, epiary with rosaries or Japanese crosne (Stachys affinis) is nothing but an ancient plant…

Stachys byzantina comes in many different forms ‘Big Baby’ with very long gray-green leaves of 15 to 25 cm and purple flowers, ‘Cotton Polo’ with sterile flowers make cotton balls on the stems, ‘Primrose Heron’ with gray leaves washed with yellow, ‘Banknote’ : no flowers but with very silvery leaves…

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