Plant of the Month – Lamb’s-Ear

 

Lamb’s-ear plants are perennial herbs densely covered with grey or silver-white hairs which will attract Wool Carder Bees (Anthidium mancatum).

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Unusually, females of this distinctive species line their nests with plant hairs that they collect from the leaves of of Lamb’s-Ear. Male Wool Carder Bees are aware of this and patrol the plants, fighting off rival males, and mating with any feeding females.

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Lamb’s-ear flowers in late spring and early summer; plants produce tall spike-like stems. The flowers are small and light purple. The plants tend to be evergreen but can “die” back during cold winters and regenerate new growth from the crowns.

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  1. Malcolm Heath says:

    Just returned from your excellent talk at the Les Cotils, would be good if you could do something similar with the Guernsey Bee Keepers. I am a member and the general outlook is “bee keeping only” we need a perspective on the big picture as you have clearly demonstrated.
    Many Thanks Malcolm Heath

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    1. barrywells says:

      Thanks Malcolm. We would love to! Should we talk to Damian?

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