Planting Dead Nettle

Dead nettle, also known as Lamium maculatum, is a flowering perennial commonly used as ground cover. The tiny flowers are lovely, but the silver-hued variegated foliage adds additional color and dimension to a landscape. Mature plants stand about one foot tall but can spread a couple of feet wide. Dead nettle grows as a perennial in zones 4 through 8 and is evergreen in warmer areas. Lamium is a fast-growing and resilient landscape plant. Planting Lamium the correct way ensures plant will stay healthy, push out stunning flowers, and return each year.


What You Need To Plant Dead Nettle

  • Shovel
  • Compost or manure
  • Garden spade
  • Good location
  • Water source
  • Mulch

Where to Plant Dead Nettle

Plant Lamium in full to partial shade. This leafy creeper does not like intense sunlight, and two to four hours of daylight is plenty to support growth. Lamium prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Avoid planting Lamium too deep. Plant Lamium so the top of the root ball is even with the surrounding ground.

Dead Nettle Spacing

Lamium is a fast-growing plant with a creeping growth habit. Some cultivars can spread two feet. Space plants are at least one foot apart, and the reaching stems and foliage will fill the empty areas in no time. Plant Lamium about 16 inches from buildings, so the plants have plenty of room. 


Steps To Plant Dead Nettle

Step 1 - Choose a spot that receives partial to full shade for Lamium.

Step 2 - Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball.

Step 3 - Amend the soil with organic compost or mulch and add grit if the soil is not well-draining.

Step 4 - Position the root ball even with the ground level and backfill the hole.

Step 5 - Apply a layer or mulch around the plant to prevent weeds and retain moisture.

Step 6 - Water the newly planted Lamium until the surrounding ground is saturated.

When to Plant Dead Nettle

Lamium can be planted in the fall or the spring. Spring planting is often better for areas with harsh winters so that the plant can acclimate during the growing season. Regions with mild winters can more easily accommodate spring or fall plantings. Avoid planting Lamium during the peak summer heat, although routine waterings will help the plant acclimate if planted during the summer.

Transplanting Dead Nettle

Transplant Lamium during the spring or fall. Use a shovel to divide the plant and move the newly separated plant to an ideal location. Spring or early fall is an excellent time to divide plants in the colder reaches of the plant's growing zones. Moving Lamium when the weather is mild will allow the plant to settle in before the temperature drops. Transplanting can happen anytime during the spring or fall in areas with less intense winter weather.


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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 05-16-2023