Lamb’s Ear Plants

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  1. How/when can I divide "lamb's ear"?
  2. Lamb's Ears Flowering
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  4. How much drainage does lambs ear need?
  5. wondering what plant is growing in the front yard
  6. can I plant lambs ear in April?
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Asked by crapp on May 19, 2012
How/When Can I Divide “Lamb’s Ear”?

The plants have taken over the border along the sidewalk. I don’t want to pull up the plants, just trim them back and tidy up the flowerbed.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Spring is a good time for dividing these plants. Just dig up the clumps you wish to divide, split them into 2-4 sections (depending on its size) and replant elsewhere in a suitable location. Be sure to water good afterward.

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Asked by pindapanda on June 14, 2014
Lamb’s Ears Flowering

My lamb’s ears are flowering. I was told they wouldn’t flower. I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Is the flowering of these plants rare? TY

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theficuswrangler

No, lamb's ears' flowering is not rare at all. Read on: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/lambs-ear/lambs-ear-plant.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on October 1, 2014
Lambs Ear

I have a lamb’s ear. I have another plant that looks like a lamb’s ear but it has grown 6′ with sprouts of yellow flowers. It’s pretty but not sure if it is a lamb’s ear or what and I need to know how to take care of it.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Lamb's ear normally has purple blooms, but there is a similar looking plant called mullein that has grayish, fuzzy leaves like lamb's ear but with yellow blooms. Not sure if this is what you have or not, but this article will help determine if that's the plant in question: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/mullein/mullein-uses-and-disadvantages.htm

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Asked by Virlainep@yahoo.com on June 6, 2015
How Much Drainage Does Lambs Ear Need?

I planted lambs ear as a border last year in a new garden and it grew great. I loved the look. We are a zone 3-4 and had a cold winter with not much snow cover. We had a very wet spring, 8″ rain in April, not one of the lambs ear survived. We also have clay soil and so not very good drainage, but the plants get sun/some shade. Is there a variety that would survive the poor drainage? Do you think it was the wet spring or cold winter that kept them from surviving? Any other perennial that you would suggest for a lower height border?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

My Lambs Ear did not survive this past winter in my Zone 4 garden also.
If you replant, you will need to make sure it is planting in well draining soil.
Amend the clay soil with compost.
Here are a couple of links for you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/lambs-ear/lambs-ear-plant.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on July 4, 2015
Wondering What Plant Is Growing in the Front Yard

Just wondering what this plant/bush/shrub is. It seems very hardy…tons of leaves, and at the very ends of the shrub it has 4 sets of leaves with a white bulb in the middle, as if it wants to flower? Not sure if it even flowers.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It appears it may be lamb's ear, but I can't quite tell with so close of a picture. Can you send us another one that shows the whole plant so we can confirm?

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Asked by Anonymous on April 7, 2016
Can I Plant Lambs Ear in April?

I live in New Jersey and I received my lamb’s ear plant. I am concerned that we will still have frost — is it OK to plant it in the ground now?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Lamb's ears are hardy to zone 4. It can be planted out this spring when the ground has thawed, and I would suggest waiting until danger of frost has passed.
My recommendation would be to keep it in a sunny location indoors and care for it until it's safe to transfer outside. It really won't be long to wait to insure it's success in your garden.

Here is a link about lamb's ears.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/lambs-ear/lambs-ear-plant.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/perennial-garden-plants.htm

I love lamb's ears in the garden, I'm sure you will too!

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Asked by Anonymous on April 26, 2017
Lamb’s Ear

Hello! I’ve been trying to find info about when to prune lamb’s ear. Most sites recommend spring, but I am not at home in Pa during the spring and would like to cut them back to the ground in the fall before I leave for Florida. I’m trying to avoid so much garden clean up in the spring. The lamb’s ear makes a real mess of rotting leaves. So, what will happen if I cut them to the ground in November?

Thanks so much!
Ellen

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If you must prune your Lamb's ear in the fall, try to do so earlier than November. Early fall is best. This plant has a really high tolerance for abuse so it "should" come back strong as ever the following spring, but if cut back in the fall, now it will be lacking its natural "insulation" over the winter, so perhaps test a small patch and see how it responds.

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