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Lamium maculatum 'Orchid Frost'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lamium (LAY-mee-um) (Info)
Species: maculatum (mak-yuh-LAH-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Orchid Frost
Additional cultivar information: (PP11122)
Hybridized by Bovio; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1998

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By simple layering

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

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ms_greenjeans On Nov 5, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is planted on a steep hillside that gets only morning sun. I have a few different ground covers beneath large shrubs, and this works really well. It blooms repeatedly, which I didn't expect. If it starts to get too thick or wander where I don't want it, it's easy to just cut or pull it back.

Neutral clayandrocks9 On Jul 25, 2008, clayandrocks9 from Bristow, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

So far I have tired this plant three times. The first two times I planted them in part sun, and they died in the middle of the summer. I figured that maybe it was too much sun for them. I bought one this year and put it is full shade and it looked great for a few months but once the hot 90F plus weather came they died again. I was careful to make sure it was moist not not too wet. Maybe it will come back when the weather cools off so I gave it a neutral.

Positive peachmcd On May 3, 2007, peachmcd from Durham, NC wrote:

Have three small plants establishing in a mostly shaded north exposure (2 hours or so of morning sun). Lamium is a reliable groundcover for hard places like this, and the function here is to provide semi-evergreen carpet for a couple of monster hostas.

The color of the Orchid Frost blooms is what I treasure. Not purple, not pink, but true ORCHID. In morning sun, the color is warmed to a lavender pink. Late afternoon, in true shade, it blues toward purple. Both are lovely. But the color in the indirect light it gets most of the day here is an absolutely glorious balanced orchid, with bloom clusters large enough to be seen from the road. I can hardly wait to see it when it's filled in!

Positive outdoorlover On Feb 5, 2007, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love this little plant! I first discovered it last year and have propagated it all over our yard. Our soil is clay, ph of 7.4 to 7.6 and shady where this plant is growing. It successfully crowds out weeds and forms a dense mat. It is evergreen. Contrary to what it says above, there is no problem with letting it dry out between waterings. Sometimes ours gets no extra watering.

Positive ladyannne On May 2, 2005, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Give this a little time in the shaded areas (two or three morning hours of sun) and you have a striking, lush, thick carpet that is almost invasive. I use it near the watering hose path as it springs back from abuse and dog steps with ease.

Positive PudgyMudpies On Mar 11, 2005, PudgyMudpies from Stockton, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I bought this plant in the winter of 2003/2004 from Park seed during a bulb/tuber clearance sale and while it did ok in a pot, it did not really take off until I planted it in the ground. It has spread unbelievably fast & is just starting to bloom. I have it in a moist area where sun does not touch it and it seems to be thriving. I am so in love with this plant! The 2 tone leaves really stand out from a distance. Even without the blooms this plant is a winner.

Positive easter0794 On Feb 2, 2005, easter0794 from Seffner, FL wrote:

Also called White Nancy. This is a bright addition to a shade garden. It roots where the stems touch the ground and is a great trailing plant. This is the second variety Lamium that I own and this one is lovely.


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

Merced, California
Stockton, California
Seffner, Florida
Newton, Kansas
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
South Rockwood, Michigan
Hopkins, Minnesota
Montclair, New Jersey
Rockaway, New Jersey
Durham, North Carolina
Enid, Oklahoma
Bristow, Virginia

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