Have this wonderful ground-cover in front of and between our tall arborvitaes in Zone 5. For the last 12 years. Comes back every year once established. We have it planted where it gets partial - full shade and it thrives well once established. Spreads politely and can be trimmed to control it’s height and spread by using a line trimmer. We noticed that watering deeply on and around it appears to encourage it’s spread in our hard dry soil. Very low maintenance once established. Tough plant in the Ohio heat and humidity of the summer. Stands up to drought conditions, but we like to give it some watering every 2-3 weeks during the hottest months! The bi-colored leaves and purple flowers brighten up a partial to shady area beautifully! It deserves a much nicer name than the other name it goes by, ‘Dead Nettle’!
Lamium maculatum 'Purple Dragon'
- Compact, silver-leaved groundcover
- Vivid purple flower clusters are a delightful contrast to the pale foliage
- Great spreader under Rhododendrons, Hydrangeas, or over spring bulbs
Stunning silver foliage makes the deep purple flowers standout. It is deer and rabbit resistant and drought tolerant once established in the landscape. It has an excellent compact, spreading growth habit, which makes it a wonderful ground cover. A gorgeous plant that lights up any area.
Uses: Borders, Containers, Edging, Groundcover, Woodland Gardens
Critter Resistance: Deer, Rabbit
Growth Habit: Spreading
Homeowner Growing Tips: Grow in moist, well-drained soil in full or partial shade.