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A picture of a Lamium


Lamium spp.

Also known as

Dead Nettles

Lamium sp 01 by Zeynel Cebeci (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Lamium

A pink flower on a Lamium plant
A close up of some pink Lamium flowers
A close up of some pink flowers on a Lamium plant
A white flower on a Lamium plant with green foliage growing in the wild
A close up of a flower garden containing Lamium plants with green leaves and purple blooms

Lamium Overview

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.

Common problems with Lamium

Generally problem-free.

    How to harvest Lamium

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Lamium


    Propagation is usually by division of the rooted runners in spring

    Special features of Lamium

    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

    Other uses of Lamium

    Ground cover

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