Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lamb's Ear

Here's a fun plant for the 100 Species Challenge.
4. Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina)
Lamb's Ear is a low plant used in borders. Its silvery leaves are shaped like real lamb's ears, and are velvety soft and fuzzy. We don't have lamb's ears in our yard, but there are some in the learning garden area of the community center, and in Maggie's yard, and at the Botanical Garden (where I took a picture of their name tag), and a lot of places around here. The name Stachys is from a Greek word meaning an ear of grain. This is a plant that's easy to identify. Audrey knows this one by name (and by touch!)

My list so far:
1. Poison ivy
2. Virginia creeper
3. Wild blackberry
4. Lamb's Ear

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