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LAMIUM maculatum 'Lemon Frost'

Image of Lamium maculatum 'Lemon Frost'

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

LAMIUM maculatum 'Lemon Frost'

Plant Common Name

Spotted Deadnettle

General Description

This is a low-growing spreading herbaceous groundcover for shade. It is most distinguished by its heart-shaped, softly-toothed leaves that range from lime green to glowing mustard yellow and have central streaks of white. The branching stems spread quickly, rooting as they go, to form a mat of closely-spaced upward-facing leaves. In late spring to early summer it bears short, upright spikes of lavender flowers.

Like all deadnettles, 'Lemon Frost' grows best in partial sun to shade and fertile soil with average drainage. It looks great in mixed shaded borders or rock gardens or under deciduous shrubs, where it lights up the ground. If the flowers are deadheaded the plant will continue to bloom for longer.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Lime Green, Yellow Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes