Lamium maculatum 'Purple Dragon' PP15890

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Lamium
Common Name (Alternative): Spotted Deadnettle

Sizeable, dense terminal spikes of rich purple flowers seem to jump right out of the bright silvery foliage of 'Purple Dragon' PP15890.
This robust cultivar was selected by Chris VanSanden of Hortech, Inc. for having the deepest purple, most snapdragon-like flowers of any Lamium.

Lamium makes an excellent, weed-smothering groundcover and is also a good mask for dying bulb foliage.

Breeder: Chris VanSanden

Introducer: Hortech, Inc.

Origin: Not Native to North America


  4-8 Inches
  12-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Silver/grey shades
Hardiness Zone:
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Sun or Shade?:
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Late spring
  Early summer
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:


Border plants
Drought Tolerant
Ground cover
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Lamium will brighten up any shady site with its silvery leaves, including under trees. Growth will be most compact in moist, well-drained soils, but it can grow in drier areas, though it may tend to open up.

Lamium is evergreen in mild regions and herbaceous in cooler zones. In both areas, it will benefit by a shearing in the spring to stimulate healthy, new growth.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.