Ghost Lamium (Spotted Dead Nettle)

Product Code: lghos

Lamium maculatum 'Ghost'
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The Ghost Lamium (Spotted Dead Nettle) will grow in full sun or partial shade, and well-drained soils are best. This is an excellent groundcover with silver leaves and purple flower clusters from late April throughout the month of May. It is a long-lived plant and will grow to be around 6" tall and spread about 12-18". This plant is deer and rabbit resistant.

Planting & Care for Lamium-Dead Nettle

Preparation

  • Despite its rather unattractive common name, Lamium is quite a pretty, soft-leaved groundcover that spreads by running stems (stolons) which root down as they spread.
  • Dead Nettle also makes a good basket plant. In the garden it is easy to grow and maintain, and is long lived.
  • Lamium does best in shade or semi-shade and when sheltered from strong wind.
  • Tolerates a wide range of soils but its best in well-drained soils rich in organic matter. The ground should also be fairly moist.
  • Fertilizing isn’t necessary unless the soil is extremely poor, in which case complete plant food can be applied in early spring, any annual mulch with well-rotted organic matter also helps in this case.
  • Flowering spikes appear in the summer months, depending on the species.

Opening Plant Material

  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, then remove. You’re now ready to plant.
  • Scroll down to an orange rectangular box and click on “Handling & Plant Guidelines” for illustration on planting each of these types.

Planting containers

  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.

Pruning - After Planting

  • Containers - Although it is not essential for containers to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Pruning of plants is unnecessary but if they become too vigorous you may need to remove whole sections with a spade.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information & tips on caring and maintaining this plant.

Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos for Lamium-Dead Nettle

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • The Ghost Lamium (Spotted Dead Nettle) will grow in full sun or partial shade, and well-drained soils are best.
  • This is an excellent groundcover with silver leaves and purple flower clusters from late April throughout the month of May.
  • It is a long-lived plant and will grow to be around 6" tall and spread about 12-18".
  • This plant is deer and rabbit resistant.   
  • Despite its rather unattractive common name, Lamium is quite a pretty, soft-leaved groundcover that spreads by running stems (stolons) which root down as they spread.
  • Dead Nettle also makes a good basket plant. In the garden it is easy to grow and maintain, and is long lived.
  • Lamium does best in shade or semi-shade and when sheltered from strong wind.
  • Tolerates a wide range of soils but its best in well-drained soils rich in organic matter. The ground should also be fairly moist.
  • Fertilizing isn’t necessary unless the soil is extremely poor, in which case complete plant food can be applied in early spring, any annual mulch with well-rotted organic matter also helps in this case.
  • Flowering spikes appear in the summer months, depending on the species.
  • Pruning of plants is unnecessary but if they become too vigorous you may need to remove whole sections with a spade. 

How to plant containers

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 4-9

Bloom Time: April - May
Color: Green, Purple, White
Plant Size: 6" tall x 12-18" wide
Flower Color: Purple
Sunlight: Full Sun to Full Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No
Native: No

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