Lamb's Ear Seeds - Macrantha
USDA Zones: 5 - 7
Height: 18 inches
Bloom Season: Late spring
Bloom Color: Lavendar
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.8 - 6.8
Deer Resistant: Yes
Average Germ Time: 28 - 42 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil
Sowing Rate: 3 - 4 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 18 inches
Care & Maintenance: Lamb's Ear
Lamb's Ear (Stachys Macrantha Superba) - Start Lamb's Ear seeds and grow this old-fashioned treasure that was in Grandma's garden, and is gaining new popularity as a charming flower with romantic rosy-lavender flower spikes. The flowers are long-lived and work well as a cut flower. The foliage is bright green with crinkled, ovate to heart-shaped leaves. Very attractive and a great addition for the cottage garden of a bygone era. The compact, bushy plants work well along the border or as a general ground cover. Lamb's Ear Macrantha Superba is very drought tolerant and prefers to dry out between waterings.
Lamb's Ear Macrantha, also known as Big Betony, is making a comeback in popularity as a long-blooming, colorful, compact choice for beds and borders. Lamb's Ear Big Betony has a spreading habit and is a liberal self-sower dropping its own flower seeds. If you want to keep it contained, deadhead spent blooms before seeds fall.
Sow Lamb's Ear seed in late winter, 8 - 10 weeks before last frost. Use starter trays and quality starter soil. Press Lamb's Ear seeds into the soil but do not cover. Keep the flower seeds continuously moist until germination. Keep trays out of direct sunlight, and keep them at a cool temperature, 40F. Pinch back at the time of transplanting to encourage a more compact growth. Transplant Lamb's Ear seedlings outdoors in spring. Space Big Betony plants 18 inches a part.