Spotted Dead Nettle 'White Nancy'

Lamium maculatum

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade



Good Fall Color

Foliage Color:



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)

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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Clayton, California

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

Walnut Creek, California

Brookfield, Connecticut

East Canaan, Connecticut

North Grosvenordale, Connecticut

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Milton, Florida

Seffner, Florida

Barnesville, Georgia

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Round Lake, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Inwood, Iowa

Rolla, Kansas

Pollock, Louisiana

Revere, Massachusetts

Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Hastings, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Scottville, Michigan

Lake City, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Oxford, Mississippi

Kirksville, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Himrod, New York

Tonawanda, New York

West Babylon, New York

Dayton, Ohio

Grove City, Ohio

Painesville, Ohio

Tipp City, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

New Freedom, Pennsylvania

Parkesburg, Pennsylvania

Warminster, Pennsylvania

Summerville, South Carolina

Crossville, Tennessee

Plantersville, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Williston, Vermont

Leesburg, Virginia

Spotsylvania, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

Muscoda, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 21, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A great perennial for shade in New England. I've never known it to be weedy or invasive in any sense, nor is it a noxious weed in any US state.

This doesn't survive long south of Z8 in eastern N. America.


On Jun 3, 2013, keithp2012 from West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

At first this plant took long to establish and the sun was burning it. But once it established it survives any weather though thrives in part shade and not letting soil get bone dry. I was curious if this will hybridize with the purple dead nettle that grows near it, would make a pretty hybrid!


On Mar 31, 2012, loovejonesx from Durham, NC wrote:

Got this last year from my stepfather from what seemed to be a field of them at the end of his yard between a densely wooded area. He told me that he started with two, & was overjoyed to see them multiply. Brought a few home & planted thm across from my hosta garden & they tripled the space that they were in by the end of the summer.

This spring they have populated the entire spot that I intended for them, & have reached around a decorative rock that I had intended to transplant them into, & are working on that space. They seem to spread slow enough to control though, but look amazing en mass.

I watered them three or four times a week last year & sprayed a little Miracle Grow on them a few weeks & they seem pretty drought tolerant here in N C.
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On Jul 30, 2010, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Spreads readily in a damp shady corner that hasn't supported other plants. Soft variegation brings a spot of "light" to an otherwise bleak area. Transplants readily.

UPDATE: More praise for this plant. I have recently removed another lamium ("spotted deadnettle" with striped leaves & pink flowers) because it was much too invasive both above and below ground. The white nancy, however, spreads much more slowly and doesn't seem to put down the same dense mat of hairy roots. The white nancy spreads more by filling out in a slowly expanding clump whereas the other deadnettle put out long creeping shoots that rooted on the way. I have tucked some white nancy cuttings under a few bushes and consider them to be a perfect compliment.


On Jul 26, 2010, pjoid123 from Spotsylvania, VA wrote:

Bought several of these at a local nursery chain this spring. At first the lamium looked great and began to spread. But after a heavy thunderstorm a month ago the delicate stems and leaves were all matted flat on the ground. And that's where they are today. Hopefully next year will be better.


On Apr 12, 2010, RxAngel from Stratford, TX (Zone 6b) wrote:

Planted these last year, my first year here in extreme SW Kansas. They didn't seem to establish themselves well, and never did flower, but to my great surprise, they actually did return this year. They were one of the first plants to come out this spring.

I expected them to spread much more than they did, but perhaps they will flower and spread more this year since they are apparently established.

I did have problems late in the summer keeping them wet enough in the severe summer heat. That is part of the reason I didn't think I would see them again.

They provide a light, pretty, mottled foliage, especially in a shady area. I have them in part sun/part shade, that becomes more of a sunny area in the later summer. I am thinking about relocat... read more


On Sep 13, 2008, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

This ground cover really adds a lot to the shady garden! Nice soft foliage. The flowers are an added bonus!


On Jul 8, 2008, robcorreia from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I love White Nancy! Spreads beautifully without ever getting invasive. I have been propagating in my garden, it really lights up any shady corner. Lovely and easy!


On May 22, 2006, hostaguy52 from Tonawanda, NY wrote:

Lamium is a wonderful ground cover, does not spread uncontrolably and is easily removed if it does get in something you may not want it to. In Western New York State near Buffalo, I have it growing in a very wide range of conditions. Total, dense, dry shade, full sun and all degrees in between. For first year plants in the deepest, dry shade, continuous watering is recommended. Generally after the first year, the roots will tolerate extreme dryness. The plants will not do as well in total shade as in brighter areas, but will grow and spread, creating a carpet of lightness in a year or two, especially the whiter leaved varieties like White Nancy. Beacon Silver is the purple/pink variety with whiter leaves. I am establishing a bed of Lamium, all different varieties directly under and... read more


On May 13, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I've grown this for several years, and find it a very attractive accent plant. The white leaf centers are of a crinkled texture and rimmed with a dark green band. White flower buds appear in late spring.


On Mar 7, 2006, kflong from Williston, VT wrote:

I have 'White Nancy' and it has not been as vigourous a spreader as I would like or have expected from the description. It is planted in a partially shaded location, with clay soil and average moisture.


On Aug 13, 2004, julie88 from Muscoda, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

'White Nancy' has performed beautifully for me this summer. Planted in dense shade under white pines, and in the company of pink and rose impatiens, astilbe, lirope and hosta, this plant has played its roll well in helping to create a beautiful scene in my first-year border where once there was nothing but poison ivy and Carolina Creeper.

I highly recommend 'White Nancy' and will be trying to locate other lamiums to join her.


On Apr 15, 2003, violabird from Barnesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A good spreading plant for the shady garden and windowboxes. Spreads slower than Pink Pewter and starts bloom 2-3 weeks later. Foilage is bright, making flowers not so striking but beautiful when combined with red impatients!