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.

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map