Orchid Frost Spotted Dead Nettle
Lamium maculatum 'Orchid Frost'
|Description||Scalloped blue-green margins and shimmering silvery centers brighten shady gardens and create a dramatic backdrop for the masses of small, tubular orchid pink flowers. More vigorous and resistant to foliage disease than other varieties. An herbaceous perennial.|
|Light||Full shade, Partial shade|
|Watering||Keep soil moist, but not soggy.|
|Blooms||Spring to Summer|
|Mature Size||Quickly reaches 6 to 12 in. tall, 12 to 24 in. wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Ground Cover, Edging|
|Design Ideas||An 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 Plants||Coral Bells (Heuchera); Astilbe (Astilbe); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra)|
|Care||Thrives in loamy, acidic, evenly moist, 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. Prune heavily and apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Remove spent flowers to encourage reblooming.|
|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.|
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