Wooly Lambs Ear, (Stachys Byzantina) is well known for for having been used as a battlefield
wound dressing due to it's absorbent leaves and its blood clotting properties. It contains antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties as well, making it a great alternative to those store bought antibiotic laden strips of plastic you can purchase at the store.
How to use it:
Wrap the affected area with a fresh leaf, if applying to a bruise, insect sting/bite, or broken skin, bruise the leaves so the juices of the plant are released, then apply.
Wooly Lamb's ear is so absorbent that it can be used in a pinch as toilet paper, menstrual pads or in place of cotton balls. It's an excellent remedy for stinging nettle. Medicinal uses aside, the young tender leaves can be eaten raw in a salad or lightly steamed as a delicious nutrient rich side-dish.
Gardening & Landscaping:
As an added benefit, deer and rabbits are not particularly fond of lambs ear so this plant makes a lovely border plant for gardens, walkways and gardens.
How to Grow them from Seed:
Lambs ear needs well-drained soil to start with. Homemade seed starter post work just fine.
Wet the soil and add 1-2 seeds 1/4" deep, per pot.
While the seeds are germinating, keep them moist and out of direct sunlight. As soon as they sprout move them to an area that receives a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight per day. Transplant them when they have 3 sets of leaves. They prefer a partly-sunny (aka semi-shady) permanent home about a foot apart. They spread well on their own, but do not have a tendency to "take over".
Where to Purchase:
Seeds & young plants can be purchased at farmers markets, traded through craigslist, Lawn & garden centers, as well as online in places such as Amazon.
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