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; Lamium maculatum is used as a ground cover.
lamium galeobdolon (Lamiastrum galeobdolon)
- Grows upright to 2 feet., 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.
spotted dead nettle
- Running or trailing plant used as a ground cover or in hanging baskets.
- To 6 inches tall, spreading 23 feet 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.
- Lavender flowers.
- Unusual leaves have gold edges and a central silver streak surrounded by olive-green.
- 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.
- Pink flowers and green leaves with a central white stripe.
- Pink blossoms; silver leaves edged in bluish green.
- Pink blooms and silvery leaves edged in greenish gray.
- Like 'Beacon Silver' but with white flowers.