Lamium maculatum

Today’s entry was written by Alexis:

beranekp@Flickr shares today’s photo from České Středohoří (Central Bohemian Uplands), Czech Republic. Thanks, beranekp!

Lamium maculatum is a member of the mint family that is distributed throughout western Asia and Europe. Europe and Asia are home to about 50 species of this genus. Though they do not possess any stinging hairs, Lamium species are commonly called dead-nettles because they resemble stinging nettle, Urtica dioica.

Lamium maculatum is usually a low-growing and sprawling plant, reaching only about 30cm in height. In the wild, Lamium maculatum is variable in the colour of its petals and the shape & toothing of its leaves (via Flora Europaea). Furthermore, the species is widely used as an ornamental plant and has many cultivated varieties that vary in foliage and flower colour; the Royal Horticultural Society currently lists almost 40 different cultivars of Lamium maculatum. This species is tolerant of shade and areas of transition from shade to light, making it desirable for use as groundcover in gardens. Additionally, Lamium maculatum has a fairly long blooming season, often lasting from April to September. Read more on garden use of dead-nettles from the Chicago Botanic Garden: A Comparative Study of Ground Cover Lamium (PDF).

Lamium maculatum

4 responses to “Lamium maculatum”

  1. Elizabeth Brodie

    Aww!! How can something so stunning be so wildly invasive to be such a potential pain in the a**!!?? Lovely too when variegated.

  2. elizabeth a airhart

    the enlarged photo is just beautiful
    thank you alexis

  3. Equisetum

    One of my favorite “weeds’ — nice to know I’ll find a friend if I come to Czech Republic.
    Invasive, I guess, but modestly so in my garden; arises from one stem (in my garden) and doesn’t seem to bother nearby plants — I think it’s charming.
    Wonderful picture: I especially like the way you caught the glow of the hairs on the not-quite-open flower.

  4. Willy

    Untilled farm fields here in Michigan are carpeted this time of year with this gorgeous plant, also known locally to many as Henbit. Thank you for the links and the lovely photo.

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