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More Information About Lamium

Lamium is a genus of 30-50 species of small, herbaceous perennials native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Some of the species in the genus Lamium are widely-known as landscape weeds (i.e., henbit, Lamium amplexicaule) but a few species (Lamium album, Lamium maculatum, and Lamium orvala) are well-behaved and quite attractive...perfect for the temperate garden. The common name, dead nettle, refers to its similar appearance to stinging nettles (genus Urtica) but lamium is thankfully harmless.

Some lamium grows as a groundcover, spreading to several feet wide when mature. When grown in a container, it flows over the sides and makes a great spiller plant. Although lamium is primarily a foliage plant with attractive variegated leaves, its small, butterfly-attracting, white or pink flowers also add to its charm. During summer lamium grows best in consistently moist soils but is somewhat drought-tolerant and will perform well in dry, shady conditions. During winter, lamium needs somewhat dry soils to avoid root rot. When you are ready to buy lamium plants for your woodland perennial garden, we hope you'll check out our online offering of lamium for sale.