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Spotted Dead Nettle

Lamium maculatum  • 

Photo: Spotted Dead Nettle

Photo: Spotted Dead Nettle
Photo: Spotted Dead Nettle
Photo: Spotted Dead Nettle

General description

Lamium is one of the best choices for a tough yet showy perennial groundcover. This classy-looking selection forms a spreading patch of small silver leaves with a narrow green edge. Clusters of purplish-pink flowers appear in spring, then continue off and on until fall. Fairly tolerant of dry shade, once established. Trim back in late winter. Stems will root into the ground where they touch, and any new plants that form can be easily moved in spring or fall. Also easily divided. Evergreen.

Appearance & Characteristics

Blooming Time 

  • Mid to Late Spring 
  • Early to Late Summer 
  • Early Fall

Foliage Color 

  • Light Green 
  • Silver 
  • Variegated

Flower Head Size 

  • Small

Foot Traffic

  • Light

Spread 

  • 30-60 cm / 12-23 inches

Maintenance

  • USDA Zone: 2-9
  • Trim back in late winter.
  • Stems will root into the ground where they touch, and any new plants that form can be easily moved in spring or fall.
  • Also easily divided.

Plant Uses & Characteristics

  • Accent: Good Texture/Form 
  • Border 
  • Containers 
  • Deer Resistant 
  • Drought Tolerant 
  • Edging 
  • Rabbit Resistant 
  • Evergreen 
  • Ground Cover 
  • Massed 
  • Woodland

Properties

Height
10 - 20 cm
Color
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Soil type
Clay
Loam
Sand
Sunlight
Partial shade
Full shade
PH
Acid
Alkaline
Neutral
Moisture
Well-drained
Moist but well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy