Lamium

Lamium spp.

Dead Nettles

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A white flower on a Lamium plant with green leaves
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Lamium is a genus containing about 29 species of annuals and perennial plants in the Lamiaceae family. They are found in habitats ranging from dry scrub to moist woodland. The common name Dead Nettle or Deadnettle refers to their resemblance to "stinging nettles", but the two are unrelated; and unlike stinging nettles, Lamium does not have stinging hairs. Although considered semi-evergreen in temperate climates, the plants are inclined to look a little untidy in winter; but grow with a vengeance again in spring. It is best to cut this plant back after the first bloom to promote compact growth. They are frequently grown as groundcover in gardens.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Division

Propagation is usually by division of the rooted runners in spring

Special features

Pot plant

They are beautiful planted in hanging baskets and pots, mixed with other suitable plants. Place pots in areas with enough shade.

Attracts useful insects

Lamium species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species and are loved by bees.

Ground cover

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Europe, Asia, Northern Africa

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Lamiaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Pink, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally problem free, but look out for slugs and snails.

Related Problems

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