Lambs Ear

Scientific Name:

Stachys byzantina

Type:

Herbaceous Plant

Habitat:

Dry to medium soil in partial shade

Range:

Native to the Levant and Middle East; widespread around the world

Status:

No listed status

This species is

INVASIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

This groundcover is easy to recognize by its light silvery-green leaves which are soft and fuzzy, similar to a lamb’s ear - hence the common name. Their flowers, when produced, shoot straight up on a stalk and are purple in color. They grow between 12 and 18 inches tall.

Fast Facts:

  • Lamb’s Ear is known to spread rapidly. Quickly taking over wherever it is planted. They are considered invasive to North America and have creeping stems which root wherever they connect with soil.

  • This plant generally loves the sun, but when in the desert they prefer partial shade. The leaves suffer when watered overhead and in areas with high levels of humidity.

  • Due to its thick leaves, for centuries this plant was used to dress wounds. It, however, has no antibacterial properties. It is known to have analgesic, or pain relieving properties and can reduce swelling after a bee sting.

  • In the West Indies, the leaves have traditionally been used in cooking, and they are commonly steeped as a tea which tastes similar to chamomile. To make a beverage, chop fresh, young leaves or dry out the leaves and pound them into a powder and add with boiling water. The more leaves, the stronger the drink! To find out all the health benefits here!

  • Some infuse the tea leaves with water and use it as an eye wash to treat stye or pink eye.

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Last Updated:

June 15, 2021, 9:24:37 PM