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01/05/2013 at 20:15

I was going to buy a red dead nettle to plant as ground cover in a shady corner. Just wondered if there is any reason why I shouldn't just transplant some of the wild dead nettle that is growing in  the street outside? To be clear I'm not talking about digging up wildflowers from a park/countryside, just from cracks in the pavement where the council will weedkiller them anyway. Are there any reasons why this wouldn't be a good idea?

01/05/2013 at 20:24

Hi tulip. The red dead nettles in the street will be the wild ones, they are annuals and not really ground coverers. White dead nettle is good for that. Both are good for early bees

01/05/2013 at 22:25

The garden varieties would be much better. Here is a site to click on which tells you about them and has lots of different ones to look at.

http://www.perennials.com/plants/lamium-maculatum-red-nancy.html

01/05/2013 at 22:28

That's a nice one. 

02/05/2013 at 19:54

That's great - thanks v much. I didn't think about the annual/perennial difference, just assumed it would be a similar/same plant.

02/05/2013 at 20:08

They're all related but there are a lot of different ones.

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