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CDfolia's Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver' - Dead nettle 'Beacon Silver' x 2 Changing Colour

Plant: Spotted dead nettle (Lamium maculatum) | Variety: Beacon Silver

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Main plant now between Purple Hebe and Spirea, to the right of the back clump of Primulas. Also a wee division nearby on inner NW corner between the Hosta and the Purple Hebe, and I put a few snowdrops in the hole as they look lovely popping up through dead nettles. Will take rooted pieces to spread round garden as soon as they are ready.
Plant in moist, free-draining soil in either full or dappled shade. After flowering, it can be trimmed back to encourage the production of more foliage for ground cover.
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.

Plant Strengths:
Attracts wildlife to feed or nest; All round tough plant suitable for problem areas; Suitable for container growing; Tolerates heavy clay soils; Suitable for planting in full shade.

Plant Weaknesses:
Invasive/spreading root growth; Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations.
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 groundcover 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.
  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained garden soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Eventual Height: 15cm
  • Eventual Spread: 60cm



Planting Data


  • 14 Aug 2011
    Changing Colour

    Changing Colour day 143

    has become very evenly silvery and fresh looking, pegged runners to propagate

  • 24 Mar 2011

    Transplanted day 0

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