Dead Nettle, this is where it all began. “It just looks cool as hell,” I said to myself. My eyes were immediately drawn to the shimmering variegated silver leaves and cute flowers. I needed ground cover and this fit the bill.
Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum):
- Type: Flower, perennial, ground cover
- Exposure: Mostly sunny to full shade
- Hardiness zones: 3-8
- Blooms: Spring-Summer
- Height: 6-12″
- Division: Yes
- Cost: $9 potted
I adore this little plant. My house faces north and my front garden gets very little sun once Summer arrives. Additionally, I hate weeding. Ironically, I believe dead nettle is considered a weed. It provides dense ground cover that chokes out weeds. The weeds that do manage to find their way through are generally small and easy to remove.
In dead nettle, we have a plant that will grow well in shady areas, the silvery leaves provide a great contrast in dark garden areas, and it will spread…quickly.
I own three variations of this plant.
- Orchid Frost – A frosty pastel purple flower with variegated silver leaves with dark boarders.
- Purple Dragon – Darker flower than the orchid frost with a similar leaf pattern.
- White Nancy – White flowers with mostly silver, less variegated, leaf pattern.