Dead Nettle Perennial

Lamiastrum is in the eye of the beholder.

If you want a ground cover that will grow in dry, shady places, Lamiastrum is exactly what you’re looking for. But it also likes sunny, watered places and is nearly impossible to eradicate after it escapes the dry, shady place you put it in. Formal gardeners love it or hate it with few opinions in-between. Foragers just eat it.

In the greater mint family, Lamiastrum galeobdolon (lam-ee-AS-trum ga-lee-OB-do-lon) is a native of southern Eurasia though it is particularly common in Great Britain. In the rest of the world it is commonly found in gardens, landscaping and is naturalized in a few states in North American. igan (including the University of Michigan Herbaium) Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York City, particularly Long Island, Massachusetts and Virginia (Fairfax County.) And to clarify, it is common in England, might be seen in southern Scotland, is found in Wales, and also north and east Ireland. It is also naturalized in New Zealand and Australia. Lower British Columbia is being invaded by L. galeobdolon variation florentium.

In fact let me list where it is native: Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Albania, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, England, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Netherland, Poland, Switzerland, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuanias, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Romania, France and Spain.

Also called the Yellow Archangle and Silver Nettle Vine, it’s been botanically bounced around. It used to be Lamium galeobdolon, making it a genus kin of Henbit, Lamium amplexicaule. Later it was Galeobdolon luteum. Now it is Lamiastrum galeobdolon, which means … this will not make much sense… Resembles a Lamium covered with a helmet with a fly’s sting… ya gotta love botanists and their attempts at Dead Latin descriptions. It is called “resembles a Lamium” because it looks like a Lamium or one of the Dead Nettle crowd. The helmet part probably refers to the upper flower petal. Where the fly’s sting came from no one knows though one should note “dead nettles” don’t sting. Maybe the red on the flower’s other petal looks like blood from a fly bite.


Perennial Plant Sale only two days left!!!

2010-04-23 07:09:57 by spazoli

This Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at 8345 West Beloit Road West Allis, WI 53219 We have Hydrangea, Shasta daisy, Dwarf Iris, Day lilly, Dead Nettle, Blue emerald, Lilly of the valley, Iris, Tiger Lilly, Hosta, Liatris, Gladiolus, Paeony and ETC. Come quick selling like hotcakes cause the prices are unbeatable. From $2.00 to $8.00 You shouldnt miss this sale.


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