Dead Nettle

Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver'

Dead Nettle - Lamium maculatum  'Beacon Silver'

Common Name: Dead Nettle
Genus: Lamium
Species: maculatum
Cultivar: 'Beacon Silver'

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Has interesting foliage, Provides winter colour

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.15 m (15 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: May to July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained


Delicate silver leaves narrowly edged in green give this lamium an ethereal quality. It quickly forms a silvery carpet of foliage with whorls of long-lasting nettle-like magenta flowers in late spring and early summer. A beautiful evergreen ground cover plant that will light up the base of deciduous or even evergreen shrubs and trees. It prefers partial shade and once established will even flourish in difficult areas of dry shade.

Garden Care: If you are growing this in dry shade keep it well watered until it is established. After it has finished flowering remove the faded flower heads to encourage fresh new foliage. Lift and divide large clumps in late autumn or early spring.