|The most popular of Betonies is gray, fuzzy Lamb's Ears. Low-growing in clumps, it contrasts well with tall, greener plants in edging and borders. Will grow without much water, but rain and frost can damage the leaves. Lesser-known Betonies include Stachys grandiflora with heart-shaped, green leaves and white, pink or purple flowers, and Stachys coccinea with gray 1-inch-long leaves and whorls of orange flowers. Sold in containers throughout the growing season.
The soft, velvety leaves make it a favorite as an edging, in parking strips, rock gardens and herb gardens that are within reach. May rot in humid areas. The fuzzy spikes of purple flowers are not showy. The variety 'Silver Carpet', which rarely flowers, is more compact.
Attributes - Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'
Plant Type: Ground Cover
Bloom Season: Mid Summer through Mid Fall
Flower Color: Magenta, Pink
Height: 6 in. to 10 in.
Width: 2 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance.