How to Grow Dead Nettle (Lamium)

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The dead nettle, or lamium, is a plant that can handle cold and warm temperatures almost equally. Grow dead nettles by providing a great deal of moisture with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening and plant care. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow Lamium, or Dead Nettle. It's a gorgeous plant from Europe and Northern Asia. I always try to find out where a plant is native, and then that will give me clues on how to grow it. Now the Dead Nettle, or Lamium, is native to Europe and to northern parts of Asia, so it can handle cold temperatures. It can go all the way down to zone four, but it can also handle pretty warm temperatures, all the way down to zone ten, which would be Southern Europe, and they're very, very hearty. So Lamiums are very frost hearty and they grow well in moist soils. They've gotta have a lot of moisture to do well, and depending on the variety, it depends on the light requirement. The white and the purple flowered species are planted in the spring, and they like full hot sun, whereas the yellow flowered ones are planted in the fall and they like shade. So they often have invasive habits and they need plenty of room. So you can start 'em from seed, or by division in early spring with either one, but they'll do great in your garden.