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Spotted Dead
Nettle
Lamium maculatum

Description:
One of our favorite fast growing perennials to be used as a ground cover!  Lamium prefers a semi-shady dry area with well-drained soil but will tolerate a wide range of soils and moisture.  It is best to cut this plant back after the first bloom to promote compact growth.  This plant can be invasive. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

 
Common Name: Spotted Dead Nettle, Lamium
Botanical Name: Lamium maculatum
Type: Perennial
Soil Preference: This plant will grow in moist soil but prefers  well-drained or loamy soils with a neutral pH.
Light Requirements: Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
Attributes: Deer resistant.  A good plant to use for naturalizing, massing or as a ground cover.
Pests: Slugs and snails
Diseases: May receive leaf scorch if planted in too much sun, Root Rot
Good Companion Plants: Bleeding Heart, Barrenwort, Hosta, Bugleweed, Ghost Fern, Carex, Lenten Rose
Care: Propagate by division or runners that have rooted in the spring.  Cut back after flowering to maintain shape and keep neat. Shear this plant after the first bloom to promote compact growth.  Fertilize as directed with Plant-tone, Miracle Gro or Osmocote.

Planting Instructions:  Perennials
Water & Fertilizer Schedule

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Lamium maculatum 'Anne Greenway'
Spotted Dead Nettle
zones 3-8
 
Description:  An exquisite blend of chartreuse, silver, medium-green, and mint green embellishes the foliage of L. 'Anne Greenaway'. With such fantastic coloring, this groundcover is breathtaking even when not in bloom. Mauve flowers add to the ornamental value from late spring into early summer.  This Lamium spreads by underground stolons, rooting where stem nodes touch the ground, making it an excellent weed-smothering groundcover or cover for dying bulb foliage. It was discovered by English plantsman, Bob Brown of Cotswold Gardens.
Bloom Color: Mauve
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Summer
Foliage Color: Mixed
Height: 6-8"
Spread:  


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Lamium maculatum 'Aureum'
Spotted Dead Nettle
zones 3-8
 
Description:  A newer variety with golden yellow/green leaves with a silvery white center.   Pink flowers bloom in summer.   Needs a cool, shady area or it will burn out.  This variety is less invasive than others.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: April-July
Foliage Color: Yellow, Green, Silvery, Variegated
Height: 4-6"
Spread: 18-36"


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Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver'
Spotted Dead Nettle
zones 4-9
 
Description: An excellent ground cover plant with heavy variegation.   Leaves are silvery gray with a green margin and lavender-pink flowers.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: April-July
Foliage Color: Green, Silvery, Variegated
Height: 4-6"
Spread: 12-24"


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Lamium maculatum 'Cosmopolitan'
Spotted Dead Nettle
zones 5-9
 
Description:  This miniature sport of Lamium 'Shell Pink' has very small, nearly all-silver leaves and a compact habit. It's the best variety of Lamium for combination containers, a restrained "spiller" that won't overrun all the other plants in the container. Light pink flowers are produced from mid-spring to early summer, and may rebloom in early fall.
Bloom Color: Shell Pink
Bloom Time: Mid-Spring to Summer; Fall
Foliage Color: Silver
Height: 3-6"
Spread: 12-24"


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Lamium maculatum 'Ghost'
Spotted Dead Nettle
zones 5-9
 
Description:  This very large variety dwarfs other lamiums by comparison! Standing about a foot tall, the all-silver leaves create a billowy cloud of silver in the garden. The leaves measure a full 1.5 inches long compared to 1/2 to 3/4 inches long on other varieties. Clusters of large, bright orchid purple flowers top the clump of silver foliage in mid to late spring. The contrast between the flowers and foliage is striking and often stops passersby in their tracks!
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: April-July
Foliage Color: Silver/gray
Height: 10-14"
Spread: 12-24"


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Lamium maculatum 'Orchid Frost'
Spotted Dead Nettle
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Very showy orchid-pink flowers on trailing stems bearing silvery centers and scalloped bluish-green margins. More resistant to foliar diseases than other varieties.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: April-July
Foliage Color: Blue/Green/Silvery
Height: 4-6"
Spread: 12-24"


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Lamium maculatum 'Pink Pewter'
Spotted Dead Nettle
zones 3-8
 
Description:  A wonderful variety with a delicately light pink colored flower.  Silvery variegated leaves.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: April-July
Foliage Color: Green, Silvery, Variegated
Height: 4-8"
Spread: 18-36"


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Lamium maculatum 'Purple Dragon'
Spotted Dead Nettle
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Sizeable, dense terminal spikes of rich purple flowers seem to jump right out of the bright silvery foliage of 'Purple Dragon'. This robust cultivar was selected by Chris VanSanden of Hortech, Inc. for having the deepest purple, most snapdragon-like flowers of any Lamium. It makes an excellent, weed-smothering groundcover and is also a good mask for dying bulb foliage.
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: April-July
Foliage Color: Green and Silvery
Height: 4-8"
Spread: 12-24"


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Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy'
Spotted Dead Nettle
zones 4-8
 
Description:  The leaves of 'White Nancy' are white edged with a thin line of green, the flowers are a bright white and appear in late spring.  It is amazing how this plant can light up a dark area of the garden!
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: April-July
Foliage Color: Green and Silvery
Height: 6-8"
Spread: 18-36"
 

 


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