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The botanical name for Lamb's ears is Stachys byzantina. This plant can spread quite a bit, which can be either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your perspective....
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Flowers bloom in early summer.

David Beaulieu

That's the problem with many "good" groundcovers: they can be invasive (i.e., they sometimes do their job too well). You'll have to decide what's more important to you: getting that bare patch of earth covered with an attractive plant that will suppress weeds, or staying away from aggressive spreaders, lest they become a nuisance.

Lamb's ears is valued primarily for its interesting leaves, not its flowering ability. But for those interested, it sends up tall flower spikes with purple blossoms.

An herbaceous perennial, lamb's ears reaches only about 1 inch in height (with a similar spread). Planting zones 4-10. Lamb's ears grows best in full sun.

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