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.
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.
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.
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.