Lamb's-ear - Stachys byzantina

    Alternative names
    Stachys lanata

    The common name comes from the softly hairy silvery leaves. It produces erect spikes or racemes of whorled, 2-lipped pink flowers.

    Identification difficulty

    Occasional garden escape usually seen on bare waste ground.

    When to see it

    Flowering varies but usually between June and September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Occasional, but naturalised widely across Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional as a naturalised plant in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was not recorded.

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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