Sneezes are magically beautiful foliage plants with silver-grey, woolly-soft leaves.
Ciestus belongs to the labiate family and is found on almost all continents. There are perennial and annual plants as well as shrubs and half-shrubs. The best-known native species is the woolly zest (Stachys byzantina). This perennial is known as a striking foliage ornamental plant for beds and borders. The shimmering silver leaves are a feast for the eyes.
Growth habit and foliage of the creeping zest
Depending on the species, there are perennials that grow like thorns, or grazes with rhizomes. In many cases, grapevines grow in width, which is why they are suitable as ground covers. Very popular in this respect is the matted woolly zest 'Silver Carpet'. The leaves are opposite to those of the creepers and are elliptical, usually with a notched leaf margin. Many, such as the woolly civet, are silvery and velvety-haired. This protects the plant from drying out during prolonged drought. If the leaves are drooping, however, the gardener should give the plant some watering over the root area.
The flowering season of civet plants
Sneezeweeds usually flower from June to August. As is typical of lilypads, the individual flowers are in pseudo whorls. The flowers are red or pink, depending on the variety. Mostly, woolly zest forms flower stalks that are around 50 centimetres high. The individual flowers of Stachys byzantina are rather inconspicuous. However, they fulfil a valuable ecological purpose, as they attract butterflies, bees and bumblebees, which feast on the nectar. When the flower shoots have withered, the flower stalks are cut off close to the ground. The winter green silver foliage, however, remains. It is a beautiful sight even in winter and gives the garden bed structure in an otherwise empty, leafless garden.
The low-growing ziest plant such as the woolly zest silver carpet is perfectly suited as a ground cover with a growth height of around 20 centimetres. It spreads over the ground like a carpet. In the field, silver carpet attracts attention from afar with its silvery-grey, woolly-soft leaves. Wooly fescue is also suitable as a practical border for flower beds. Whether on the patio, in a rock or gravel garden or in a perennial bed: Wool zest sets great accents in the garden and can be combined with numerous perennials such as Astilbe or Fat leaf combine.
Planting and caring for a ciestus.
Sevies are uncomplicated and not very demanding. They can cope with almost any location. The best time for planting is in spring and autumn. The perennial prefers a sunny location and a loose, lean and slightly sandy soil. If the soil is too humusy, you can mix it with pebbles. The perennial is hardy, additional winter protection is not necessary. In spring, the foliage is cut off close to the ground before the ziest plant sprouts again.