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Spotted Dead Nettle
Lamium maculatum 'Red Nancy'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lamium (LAY-mee-um) (Info)
Species: maculatum (mak-yuh-LAH-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Nancy




6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade



Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage




Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Seymour, Connecticut

Saint Charles, Illinois

Inwood, Iowa

Milton, Massachusetts

East Tawas, Michigan

Enid, Oklahoma

Olyphant, Pennsylvania

Leesburg, Virginia

Spokane, Washington (2 reports)

Wheeling, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 6, 2008, BlackDogKurt from Seymour, CT wrote:

Beautiful, quick speading groundcover. It has nice reddish-purple flowers that are very attractive and when not in bloom, the silver and green foliage really stands out! Seems to grow well here in zone 6A in sun or shade.


On Apr 22, 2008, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This beautiful ground cover loves living here in 7.4 to 7.6 PH soil, deep shade, under many trees, very dry conditions. It is evergreen and does handle light foot traffic. It is VERY easy to transplant, just pull it up and stick it in the ground somewhere else, and keep moist. It spreads so rapidly here that it is almost a weed.


On Apr 27, 2007, willmetge from Spokane, WA (Zone 5b) wrote:

The 'Jeepers Creepers' brand plant tag says the following: "A tough and showy perennial groundcover, this forms a spreading patch of small silver leaves with a narrow green edge. Clusters of purplish-pink flowers appear in spring, then continue on and off until fall. Fairly tolerant of dry shade, once established. Trim back in late winter. Evergreen." The tag also mentions that it handles light foot traffic.