Clusters of large, purple flowers rise above leaves that are more silver than green. A robust, mat former. PP 15,890
Most of the 40-odd species Lamium are rampant-growing plants from Asia and Europe. All tolerate poor soils and a range of light conditions. The few ornamental varieties have the great value of being lovely ground covers that prosper in dry shade.
For information on the growing and care or Lamium, click Growing Guide.
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RoadieGirl from Valley Stream, NY
This Lamium is all about the foliage. Yes, the blooms are lovely, and mine bloom in both spring and again in fall in NY, but the leaves are what hold your eye all season. The slugs DO love it, however, and a monthly spray with Neem Soap (or product of your choice) is required to keep leaves from getting tattered by late summer.
Virginia Homeowner from Northern Virginia
This plant is perfect for heavy clay soil in Virginia, it spreads quickly to cover large shady or sunny areas, very hardy and extremely attractive. I use them under roses and clematis plants.
Kate the gardener from Cleveland, Ohio
I use "Purple Dragon" lamium as a ground cover along a long row of tall arborvitae we have near the side of our house. I was looking for a PERENNIAL which could handle the combination shade and partial shade AND give me some type of pretty flowers in the late spring and into early summer. This lamium has very attrative, small varigated leaves that are attrative even without the flowers. It's a hardy plant that spreads fairly quickly but without it being overly invasive; keep the plant trimmed at the top so it doesn't grow too tall because it starts to look "leggy". Is low maintainence; can handle dry conditions, but does best when watered once a week. Plant comes in at least 3 different shades of flowers to choose from;deep purple (Purple Dragon), light purple (Purple Frost) and white.
Only thing I don't like about this plant is that people call it "Dead Nettle". I would recommend highly. This plant has survived winters (growing only 100 feet from Lake Erie) and keeps coming back every year. This spring planted some of these plants next to the base of a Black Walnut tree to see if they can handle the toxin from the tree....
Meg from DC
I bought this as a test case. Arrived in perfect condition. I planted it right away and then we had an unexpected hard freeze. It survived beautifully, began to spread right away, and is already in bloom. Definitely a winner!
A viewer from near Hartford, Connecticut
This is one of my favorite plants. It blooms early so you feel the boost of summer's coming.. I love the name, "Dead Nettle" because when your waiting for other plants to pop up so you can be sure it is a plant and not a weed, your dead nettle is bright and blooming reminding me the dead of winter is passed. The variegated leaves perk up any area of a garden. In August when it gets hot here and everything that grows low to the ground has passed, the leaves of the "dead nettle" with the white decorating the leaf and outlined in a darker green brightens that area of your garden. I shared some pieces with my neighbors and no one had a problem with it growing. I just stuck a shovel in the garden and picked up a corner of the plant and by end of summer my neighbors had a nice-sized plant growing. Perfect for the edge of a garden that isn't weed-whacked, but I haven't found anything that can take the beating that "landscapers" afflict on plants growing at the edge of a garden and near growing grass.
Latin Name Pronunciation: lay'mee-um
Plant in partial shade or shade. Lamium is not fussy about soil and tolerates dry shade in the North. Spreads rapidly but not invasively. Shear plants (lightly in the North and West, almost to the ground in the South) after the first wave of flowering to keep Lamium tidy and to encourage rebloom. Foliage is evergreen in mild-winter climates.