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Lamium maculatum Ghost


Dead Nettle

Perfect for a shady spot

A vibrant evergreen plant which will light up a shady spot with its silver leaves and beautiful purple flowers which appear in late spring. The flowers are a favourite with bees. Excellent low maintenance ground cover.


Happiest in a shady spot where the leaves will not be harmed by hot summer sun.


Best in any moist soil. Enrich the soil before planting by adding organic matter - home made garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Prune the plant to tidy if required in summer.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 20 cm - 30 cm
Plant width 80 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 25 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From May to September