Lamium maculatum (*)
Lamium maculatum L.
* Sp. pl. ed. 2, 2:809. 1763
Lamium maculatum (also known as spotted deadnettle and purple dragon) is a flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, native throughout Europe, growing in a variety of habitats from open grassland to woodland, generally on moist, fertile soils.
Lamium maculatum was depicted in a painting by Carl Linnaeus in the 18th century .
Lamium maculatum 'Purple Dragon' has unusually purple snapdragon-type flowers several times a year, over bright silver foliage with a green edge. Grows 4-8" tall in shaded or partially shaded areas in Australia. It tends to grow higher in spring while during the colder weather it is much flatter to the ground. If subjected to light frost, lamium maculatum will recover in spring as it enters its growth cycle.
A wide variety of cultivars have been developed, mainly for their coloured and varigated leaves.
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