Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full to partial shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast growing 6 to 12 in. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Shade Loving
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring to summer
Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
Sunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 24
Growth habit:Spreading
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast growing 6 to 12 in. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Variegated
Blooms:Spring to summer
Flower color:Pink
Garden styleCottage
Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Design IdeasAn exceptional groundcover to flesh out beds and borders. Fill in spaces beneath woodland trees and shrubs to reduce weeds. A natural along paths and to edge flagstone walks. A good cover for exposed mortar or liners of small water garden edges. Integrate into container compositions for unique foliage.
Companion PlantsCombine dead nettle with Gold Fountains Sedge, (Carex dolichostachya 'Kaga Nishiki'), Silver Lace Christmas Rose, (Helleborus argutifolius 'Silver Lace'), King Edward VII Flowering Currant, (Ribes sanguinium 'King Edward Vii'), and Angel's Blush Hydrangea, (Hydrangea paniculata 'Ruby').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep extentsive root system. Cut back hard and feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Trim off dead flowers to encourage reblooming.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full to partial shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
History:
This perennial is native over a wide range of Europe and Asia. It's the signature genus of the Lamiaceae, related to the Mint Family, containing 40 to 50 species.
Lore:
The common name "dead nettle" describes is visual resemblance to stinging nettles, but with Lamium the stingers are dead on these pain free plants.