Native from Europe to western Asia. Heart-shaped, tooth-edged leaves, often marked with white or silver, are borne in opposite pairs; clustered flowers come in pink, white, yellow, lavender. Vigorous growers that thrive in shade; L. maculatum is used as a ground cover.
L. galeobdolon (Lamiastrum galeobdolon). YELLOW ARCHANGEL. Grows upright to 2 ft., spreading slowly to form tight clumps. Yellow flowers are inconspicuous. Best-known selection is 'Hermann's Pride', with leaves evenly streaked and spotted with white.
L. maculatum. SPOTTED DEAD NETTLE. Running or trailing plant used as a ground cover or in hanging baskets. To 6 in. tall, spreading 23 ft. wide, with grayish green leaves marked in silver. The species is very vigorous (even weedy) and is not planted as often as its selections. All of these nicely light up shady areas of the garden. Groom periodically to remove old, shabby growth.
'Anne Greenaway'. Lavender flowers. Unusual leaves have gold edges and a central silver streak surrounded by olive-green.
'Beacon Silver'. Pink flowers and green-edged, silvery gray leaves.
'Beedham's White'. White blooms and yellow to chartreuse leaves with a white stripe in the center.
'Chequers'. Pink flowers and green leaves with a central white stripe.
'Orchid Frost'. Pink blossoms; silver leaves edged in bluish green.
'Pink Pewter'. Pink blooms and silvery leaves edged in greenish gray.
'White Nancy'. Like 'Beacon Silver' but with white flowers.