Lamium maculatum 'Lemon Frost' foliage
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Plant Height: 6 inches
Flower Height: 8 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Deadnettle, Creeping Lamium
Beautiful emerging lemon yellow foliage with silver stripes, that matures to lime green; short spiked lavender flowers bloom from May through July and make it a wonderful ground cover; vigourous and fast growing, spread may need to be controlled
Lemon Frost Spotted Dead Nettle features beautiful spikes of lavender flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. It's attractive heart-shaped leaves emerge lemon yellow in spring, turning lime green in color with pointy silver spines throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Lemon Frost Spotted Dead Nettle is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a high maintenance perennial that will require regular care and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Lemon Frost Spotted Dead Nettle is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Lemon Frost Spotted Dead Nettle will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This perennial does best in partial shade to shade. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This plant can be propagated by division.
This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.