Top Questions About Lamb’s Ear Plants

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Questions About Lamb’s Ear Plants

Asked by
crapp on
May 19, 2012

Q. 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.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 21, 2012
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 14, 2014
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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

Q. 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.

Answered by
Heather on
October 2, 2014
Certified Expert
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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 on
June 6, 2015
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Q. 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?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 7, 2015
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 5, 2015
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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

Q. 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?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 8, 2016
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 26, 2017
Certified Expert
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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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