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Helene Von Stein Lamb Ears

Helene Von Stein Lamb Ears

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Helene von Stein, also known as 'Big Ears', is a superior selection of Lamb's Ears, cherished for its ornamental value, low maintenance, and drought tolerance. With its oversized, fuzzy leaves that resemble the ears of a lamb, this plant provides year-round interest in zones 4-8.

Key Features:

  • Foliage: Large, silvery-gray leaves that are soft to the touch, providing a unique sensory experience.
  • Growth Zone: Hardy in USDA zones 4-8, making it a versatile choice for many gardeners.
  • Size: Reaches up to 12-18 inches in height and spreads 18-24 inches, forming a dense mat that suppresses weeds.
  • Bloom Time: While this variety is valued for its foliage, it occasionally produces light purple flowers on tall spikes in late spring to early summer. However, 'Helene von Stein' is selected for its less frequent blooming, focusing energy on lush leaf production.

Care Tips:

  • Light: Thrives in full sun to partial shade, with the most vibrant leaf color in full sun.
  • Soil: Prefers well-drained soil. It's tolerant of poor soil conditions, including rocky or sandy soils.
  • Watering: Drought tolerant once established. Water regularly after planting and reduce frequency as the plant matures.
  • Maintenance: Low maintenance. Remove flower spikes to encourage foliage growth and divide clumps every 3-4 years to rejuvenate and prevent overcrowding.

Landscape Uses:

  • Ground Cover: Excellent for covering dry, sunny spots where other plants struggle.
  • Borders: Use in front of borders for its texture and foliage color contrast.
  • Rock Gardens: Its drought tolerance and texture make it perfect for rock garden settings.
  • Pollinator Gardens: While it blooms less, when it does, its flowers attract bees and other pollinators.

Why Gardeners Love It:

  • It's a robust plant that provides texture and color contrast in the garden with minimal care.
  • Deer and rabbit-resistant, making it an excellent choice for gardens troubled by these visitors.
  • Its leaves can be used in floral arrangements or crafts for their unique texture and appearance.
Name: 'Helene Von Stein' Lamb Ears
Other Names: Stachys byzantine, donkey ears, lambswool, big ears
Grow Zone: 4 to 10
Growth Speed: Moderate To Fast
Light Requirements: Likes Full to partial sun
Average Full-Grown Height: 12-18" Inches
Average Full-Grown Width: 18-24" Inches
Deciduous (loses Leaves) Or Evergreen (Holds Foliage All Year): Deciduous
Average Lifespan: 10+ Years
Bloom Time: Late Spring To Early Summer
Sizing can vary, and the average height of the plant will vary. Plants (perennials) such as this one grow all new foliage every year so these are not judged on how tall they are when shipped, instead, they are judged solely on how big the roots are based upon the size of the pot they are growing in. The larger the root ball, The bigger the pot means, the larger the plant will be right from the start.

There will not be any flowers growing when you receive your plant, if the plant is flowering during the time of your order, the flowers will be removed so the plant can have the energy to make it through the mail and stay healthy. Some/All Leaves may also be removed for shipping purposes. But no worries, plants like this will grow new leaves as soon as the plant is ready, just take care of it like normal.


All of our trees ship Bareroot which means they will ship with no soil and no pot. This allows the plants to have a safer trip through the mail as well as to cut down on shipping costs majorly. The roots will be carefully removed from the pot they are growing in, and then wrapped in moist material with the roots sealed up to keep them moist during transit. 

Shipping Restrictions

To follow your state regulations, we can not ship this plant to California, AZ, AK, HI

Deliveries to WA, UT, ID, NV, MT, ND, and SD MUST be shipped Bareroot.

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What Grow Zone Are You In? It Is Very Important To Know Your Grow Zone Before You Plant Anything In The Ground. If The Plant Cannot Tolerate Your Grow Zone, It Will Not Live.

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