Lamium Red Nancy
Lamium 'Red Nancy'

Dead Nettle

Lamium is one of the best choices for a tough yet showy perennial groundcover. This pretty selection forms a spreading patch of small silver leaves with a narrow green edge. Clusters of purplish-pink flowers appear in spring, then continue off and on until fall. Once established, Lamiums are fairly tolerant of dry shade.

  • Height: 15-20 cm (6-8 in)
  • Spread: 30-60 cm (12-23 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 2-9
  • Sun or Shade: part to full shade
  • Bloom Time: late spring with repeat bloom
  • Leaf Colour: green and silver
  • Bloom Colour: purplish pink
  • Critter Resistance: rabbits

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Lamium is an excellent plant to use in shady sites. It will be most attractive in rich, moist soil but is a tough plant, surviving in drier areas including under trees once established. Trim back in late winter. Stems will root into the ground where they touch.