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LAMIUM maculatum 'Orchid Frost'

Image of Lamium maculatum 'Orchid Frost' PP11122

James H. Schutte

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

LAMIUM maculatum 'Orchid Frost' PP11122

Plant Common Name

Spotted Deadnettle

General Description

This is a distinctively variegated selection of spotted deadnettle, a superb herbaceous perennial groundcover native from North Africa through Europe to western Asia. A mat-forming perennial that spreads quickly by rooting stems, ‘Orchid Frost’ has small, heart-shaped, coarsely toothed silvery pale-green leaves outlined vividly by dark green margins. In late spring to early summer it bears short, upright spikes of violet flowers. If sheared, it sends up new spikes that bloom with new flowers.

Grow ‘Orchid Frost’ in part sun to shade and fertile soil with average drainage. It is a good companion under shrubs and small trees, where it gleams in the shade with a glowing carpet, and it looks warm and soft in mixed shaded borders or rock gardens, providing a contrast of habit, texture and color to shade perennial companions.

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, Late 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

    Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Silver, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Silver, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • 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

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes