LAMIUM MACULATUM (Spotted deadnettle)

Europe & N Africa to W Asia

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The silver-striped, evergreen leaves of Lamium maculatum persist through winter. In our London garden it is the first to come into bloom in spring, putting out sprays of small LAVENDER flowers that look like miniature orchids.

Untroubled by pests or diseases, this trailing groundcover perennial likes moist conditions and is a plant recommended for shade. It grows by seeds, roots and stolons, covering the ground over which it rambles, and clay soil suits it. Best not placed near smaller plants, (Ivy-leaved Toadflax or Mind Your Own Business here) as it may overwhelm them.

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Lamium maculatum

 

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Bees’ Favourite. 

Bees nestle under the flowers’ hoods month after month. Blooms of Lamium maculatum are still on offer for late-flying bees as the next winter closes in. April to November is its given flowering time, but our London garden has had Lamium blooms in December and even January.

 

Other names: Devil’s Clover, Devil’s Nettle, Double Tongue, St Vincent’s Nettle, Spotted Deadnettle, Spotted Henbit, Variegated Deadnettle.

 

Winter Lamium leaves sheltering Frog, Feb 2015

Frog sheltering in winter Lamium leaves, Feb 2015

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Spot the camouflaged Frog

A sizable clump of Lamium went back with Brenda and Drew to their new garden, with some Highbury worms. Lamium and worms reported doing well.

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