Friday, September 14, 2012

Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ears, Woolly Betony, synonyms: Stachys lanata, Stachys olympics)

Ground-covering perennial, popular for its soft, fluffy foliage, native to Turkey, Armenia and Iran. They are named Lamb's Ears because of the curved shape and white, soft, fur-like hair coating. The plant is cultivated over much of the temperate world as an ornamental plant, and is naturalized in some locations as an escape from gardens. The extract of it has shown antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to vancomycin.

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