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PlantFiles: Balm-leaved Red Deadnettle
Lamium orvala

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lamium (LAY-mee-um) (Info)
Species: orvala (or-VAH-luh) (Info)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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 seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive altagardener On Mar 1, 2008, altagardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:

Hardy zone 3, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Undemanding; light shade.

Neutral Baa On Feb 14, 2005, Baa wrote:

Perennial plant from Central Southern Europe.

Has ovate, toothed, mid-dark green leaves covered in tiny white hair. Bears whorls of pink to pink purple and spotted, two lipped flowers which can attract nectar seekers.

Flowers Spring to Summer, may continue on and off to late Autumn.

Loves a well drained but moist soil in light shade.

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