Lamb’s Ear Plants- odd leaf formation
When I was transplanting a group of Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantine) plants in the back yard, one of the plants caught my attention as being different. In the pictures above, the one on the right has the normal leaf configuration of two apposing leaves, with each set alternating direction. Later, This plant will shoot up with a flower stalk. The one on the left has two normal leaves for the first set, and then it has this odd leaf formation on the top that looks like four leaves that did not separate. I do not see how it is possible for this one to grow a flower stalk since there is no buds in the center of the formation. There were no chemicals used near the plant, so I doubt that was the cause.