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#49990 September 9th, 2006 at 08:54 AM
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My son went with me one day to a garden tour this summer and one of his favorite's was the lambs ears. It wasn't blooming at the time. But we absolutely loved touching it! Today at Lowes I got some shrubs and perennials and bulbs and one of the plants was Lambs ears (okay, I bought 2). He got home from school and saw it planted right away.

If it gets touched too much, will it die? Duh

#49991 September 9th, 2006 at 10:12 AM
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You can touch it all you want. I've never cut off the flowers but I'll bet it won't hurt the plant. The bees love it.

#49992 September 9th, 2006 at 06:11 PM
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I got some seeds in a recent trade. I'm very excited about having it. I'm wondering if it would do ok in a pot.

#49993 September 9th, 2006 at 06:28 PM
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It's OK to touch Lamb's Ears...my kids touch it all the time and it's fine. I usually leave one or two blooms and cut the rest off. Lamb's Ear is quite easy to grow from seed. I grow it in my seed bed but I have learned (the hard way!) no to move it when it's too small.

#49994 September 9th, 2006 at 09:44 PM
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Brady won't be excited about that - that it is a bee magnet - he's terrified of them! Maybe I will have to cut them off. Thanks!

#49995 September 10th, 2006 at 08:02 AM
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Patty M, my mother got rid of hers because of the bees. So far I haven't had enough bees to be a bother but I don't have mine in a place that I walk through a lot.

TK, I've never seen it in a pot but I know you're gonna try it. flw You'll have to let us know how it works out.

#49996 September 10th, 2006 at 08:14 AM
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Hi Sheri,

I promise to let you know how it goes. You know I always right everything down in my journal in garden chat anyway lol.

#49997 September 10th, 2006 at 06:23 PM
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Patty, I grow a non-flowering type of Lambs Ear, Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet' that could solve the Bee problem. wink Lambs Ear Info

The starter plant was given to me by a friend years ago and I've never seen it in any of the nurseries, big box stores, etc. I only keep it around just for the velvety stroking sensation cuz it's sure a pain in the rear to keep looking nice. Needs lots of attention to picking off the dead leaves. Tends to be a cool season plant here so you should have good luck with it there.

#49998 September 10th, 2006 at 09:39 PM
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Oh Rosie - that would be perfect! I'll have to find one. Thanks!

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Give it plenty of room, too, becasue it likes to spread. I ended up digging mine completely up and tossing it because it was taking over the bed.

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My lamb's ear really took over a space and I had to dig a lot of it up and cut it back to keep it in control. I use it as ground cover and cut the flowers off which helps keep it under control too. It loves full sun and thrives during a drought so don't overwater it. If you do, the bottom leaves will get soggy. Just pull those away and it will be fine again.


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