Common name for this plant is Lambs' ear which frequently used instead of the Latin Stachys – Byzantiana. A ground-covering perennial of great merit, popular for its soft, fluffy foliage. The leaves are often retained quite late into autumn, but the plant is not fully evergreen, and the foliage falls eventually to be replaced by a fresh crop in spring. Plants flower in mid-summer, and the thick silvery-almost furry stems with knotty buds are quite a feature. The small flowers are almost hidden among the furriness. Once established, plants are reasonably drought-tolerant, making this a good choice for a dry sunny border or even happier in a gravel garden.