AT A GLANCE--
LIGHT/EXPOSURE: Full sun to full shade (how's that for different?)
HEIGHT: 6 to 8 inches; tends to remain a little shorter in full sun and
LEAVES: Spade shaped; coarsely toothed, teeth rounded;
tri-colored...very center of the leaf is silver, surrounded by
emerald green, which in turn is surrounded by chartreuse/yellow; very
striking combination. The coloration can be highly variable
BLOOM TIME: 6 to 8 weeks; tends to rebloom over the course of the season;
heaviest blooming begins in early to mid May
FLOWER COLOR: Plum/lavender; very nice contrast to the leaves; flowers measure
about 1/2 inch long by 1/4 inch wide, and appear hooded
BLOOM HABIT: Flowers grow at the stem tips, and at points where the upper
leaves join the stems (axils), normally appearing before new leaves
GROWTH RATE: Moderate
GROWTH HABIT: This one's a groundcover, and a very effective one at that. It
doesn't vine, but it will spread. Stems will strike root wherever they
contact the ground
Are you looking for something to fill in a space, but a little leery of most groundcovers,
because it seems that they're bent on world domination? Let me introduce you to Lamium.
They're easy to care for, require little maintenance, and they won't sneak into the lawn when
you're not looking. 'Anne Greenaway,' in particular:
-Has to have one of the most striking color patterns I have ever laid eyes on.
-Is well-suited to being grown in containers as a trailing plant. If you should decide you want
to keep it around a little longer...get it into the ground by September, and mulch
it...otherwise, it's prone to being killed off if it remains in a pot through the winter months.
-Can grow in everything from full sun to full shade without batting an eye. They're normally
sold as a shade groundcover, and for that, they are very effective...but a few years ago, I had
these in pots in the middle of a 10-acre field, and they did just fine...a wee bit more compact,
perhaps, but no less gorgeous.
-Absolutely will not tolerate perpetually wet areas...stem and root rot can cause rapid decline
and subsequent plant death. Lamium likes having moisture available, but the soil MUST
-Is yet another member of the mint family. This equals a pretty vigorous growth rate,
especially in moist, well drained, and rich areas.
-Has square stems, as do all members of the mint family.
-Can end up with open patches in very dry areas...helping Mother Nature out in the water
department can alleviate this.
-Can be easily divided pretty much any time of the growing season...new roots normally grow
from any point where stems come in contact with the ground.
-Please note: weather, watering, and soil conditions will affect your success with this and any
garden plant. My observations were made in a clay-based garden in Zone 5. Your results
may vary slightly.
|LAMIUM MACULATUM 'ANNE GREENAWAY'
(Lamium or Deadnettle, 'Anne Greenaway')