Spotted Dead Nettle 'Orchid Frost'

Lamium maculatum

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
Registered or introduced: 1998
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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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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 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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.