Stachys byzantina

 

Common names: 

  • Lamb's Ears

Mauve flowers in summer
Full sun
Flower stems up to 70cm tall in my garden (Nursery tag suggested 40cm high, and this matches specimens seen elsewhere in Palmerston North)
Spreading habit
Frost tolerant
Drought tolerant
Well drained soil

Attracts European Woolcarder bees. They also use the fur from the leaves to make nests.

2015-12-20 Stachys byzantina flowering
2015-12-20 Stachys byzantina flowering
Stachys byzantina
2015-12-20 Stachys byzantina being pollinated by Anthidium manicatum (European Wool Carder Bee)