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About Lamium
Lamium is a short, rapid growing plant in the mint family. Also referred to as spotted deadnettle, lamium will grow in shady locations that do not commonly support other plant life. Lamium has blooms that generally range in color from pink to white, however, there are also some species that have yellow or orange blooms. The flowers are on short spikes above the foliage, and appear in whorls. The hooded blooms are from between one half inch and one inch long and appear from late spring through early summer.

The foliage of lamium is opposite ovulate, and have bristly hairs. The color is generally a green to blue green, and many also have either white stripes or splotches. Hardy to zones three through eight, lamium is generally deciduous, but will become evergreen in warm climates. Full sun exposure and insufficient water will case the leaves to scorch, so shade and a heavy watering regiment are generally required for long living, healthy lamium. The soil should be constantly moist, yet well drained, as standing water will also harm the plants.

Some species of lamium are considered weeds, and are not desired in the garden. These forms are extremely intrusive and generally not flowering. The species of lamium used commercially for ground cover are much more easy to control, and also look considerably more attractive. Native to Europe and North America, lamium is best propagated by cuttings or division.

Lamium will generally grow to from six to twenty four inches in height, depending on species, and should generally spaced eighteen to twenty four inches apart for best coverage without crowding. Lamium will rapidly fill in a bed that would not necessarily allow sun-loving plants to grow. This makes lamium one of the best choices for a ground cover beneath a tree or porch.

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