• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 6 to 12 in. tall, 12 to 24 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Brightens Shady Borders
    Blooms:
    Spring to Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:LAY-mee-um mak-yuh-LAH-tum
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 24
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 6 to 12 in. tall, 12 to 24 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Spring to Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    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 PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Astilbe (Astilbe); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in loamy, acidic, well-drained soils but highly adaptable; best sheltered from direct sun. Water deeply regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Cut back hard and feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Remove spent flowers to encourage reblooming.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.