Mighty Velvet Lamb's Ears
Stachys 'Bello Grigio'
Mighty Velvet Lamb's Ears foliage
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Height: 18 inches
Spacing: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
This variety forms a dense carpet of soft and fuzzy, narrow silver leaves; fast growing, and drought tolerant once established; great for combination planters; evergreen in mild areas
Mighty Velvet Lamb's Ears' attractive tomentose narrow leaves remain silver in color throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Mighty Velvet Lamb's Ears is a dense herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Mighty Velvet Lamb's Ears is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Mighty Velvet Lamb's Ears will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Mighty Velvet Lamb's Ears is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.