Irish wildflowers

Lamb's-ear, Stachys byzantina
Photos: Dungarvan, Co.Waterford

Stachys byzantina
Family: Lamiaceae

Flowering June-September. Perennial. Garden escape.

Thick-stemmed spikes of small whitish or pink-purplish flowers.
Soft, wrinkled, greyish-green leaves, deciduous but sometimes lasting into early winter. New leaf growth produced in spring. Hardy. Height: Flower-stems to 60cm.

Grows in gardens in light, well-drained soil in full sun. Very occasionally recorded as a garden escape or discard.

Identified by Paul Green.
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