Friday, August 15, 2014

FRIDAY VIEWS -- LAMB'S EAR

Do any of you grow lamb's ear in your yard?  It's a gray/green plant with fuzzy leaves.  In colonial times people used the leaves as small bandages because it was soft to the touch.  I don't know if it has any medicinal purposes though.

Now days people use it as ground cover.

Or as a border in their flower beds.


 Occasionally they will get flowers.  Sometimes purple, sometimes yellow.




So imagine my sister Elaine's surprise when one rogue lamb's ear planted itself next to her house and began growing.  This was taken on our vacation.  She says it's larger now -- taller than she is.


I don't know what's in the soil in Northern New Jersey, but she should package it and sell it to farmers.  She could make a fortune!

Kathy










7 comments:

  1. Yes, have grown lambs ear and it is pretty. A good border for a garden for sure. Have a good day!

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  2. I call the plants that just show up, Volunteers.
    I love volunteers because, you just never know!

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  3. Kathy, Your sister's plant is so tall. It must be happy there. I have grown lamb's ear before....what I do not like about is that it gets all moldy when dying out at the end of the season. I do not think one should breathe that . But I do like the softness of the plant. Hope you are having a great weekend. xoxo,Susie

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  4. I like the purple.I'm not familiar with it but the pictures look pretty. The one at Elaine's reminds me
    of our coleus. It shoots up to 2 feet tall by Nov & sometimes 2 feet wide. Maybe one day Kathy will feature it
    on her blog,,,ha ha!

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    1. I already did last year, but I'll do it again if you want.

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  5. Dear Kathy...I've seen that plant before but have never raised it. The next time I get the chance I think I will.
    I couldn't BELIEVE the size of the one growning near your sister's home! :):)

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  6. I am pretty sure the plant is mullein which looks very similar to lambs ear.

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