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Lamium maculatum

Dead nettle

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Plant details

The better behaved varieties of Lamium maculatum such as 'White Nancy', 'Beacon Silver', and 'Pink Pewter' look handsome without becoming invasive. In all but the most severe winters their foliage persists, making them good for winter containers especially hanging baskets, teamed with winter flowering pansies, primroses or polyanthus. Elsewhere they make superb ground cover in shade under trees and shrubs, including dry shade where few plants survive. Underplant with dwarf bulbs, and chop back whenever stems become invasive.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Lamium

Species: maculatum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to take cuttings: March to June

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