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Lamium

Lamium spp.

A genus of about 50 species of annuals and perennials, occurring in habitats from dry scrub to moist woodland. The common name dead nettle refers to their resemblance to "stinging nettles", but the two are unrelated; and unlike stinging nettles, Lamium does not have stinging hairs. Although 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 grown as ground covers in gardens.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
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.

Geography

Origin
Europe, Asia, Northern Africa
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
White, pink and lilac
Scent
Mild

Problems

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

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