Spotted Dead Nettle 'Red 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: Red Nancy



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Seymour, Connecticut

Saint Charles, Illinois

Earlham, Iowa

Inwood, Iowa

Milton, Massachusetts

East Tawas, Michigan

Fargo, North Dakota

Enid, Oklahoma

Olyphant, Pennsylvania

Bryan, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Spokane, Washington(2 reports)

Wheeling, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 21, 2019, Rests from Bryan, TX wrote:

Planted several plants in a really big pot last March. It grew very fast and covered the pot spilling over the sides. It was beautiful and even bloomed after only being in the pot for a couple of weeks. Then the summer came. It basically only got late afternoon sun and early morning sun. It fried and died within a week. If you get this for Central or South Texas, plant in heavy shade. If Lowes ever gets it again, I will try it on the North side of the house. Not just this plant, but most plants that say plant in full sun here, plant in only partial sun. They fry in the full sun and heavy humidity here every time!


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

A great perennial for shade in New England. I've never known any form of this species 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 13, 2015, crayondoom from Fargo, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

This plant really knows how to fill out the edges of my raised bed. Easy to propogate too.


On Sep 6, 2008, BlackDogKurt from Seymour, CT wrote:

Beautiful, quick speading groundcover. It has nice reddish-purple flowers that are very attractive and when not in bloom, the silver and green foliage really stands out! Seems to grow well here in zone 6A in sun or shade.


On Apr 22, 2008, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This beautiful ground cover loves living here in 7.4 to 7.6 PH soil, deep shade, under many trees, very dry conditions. It is evergreen and does handle light foot traffic. It is VERY easy to transplant, just pull it up and stick it in the ground somewhere else, and keep moist. It spreads so rapidly here that it is almost a weed.


On Apr 27, 2007, willmetge from Spokane, WA (Zone 5b) wrote:

The 'Jeepers Creepers' brand plant tag says the following: "A tough and showy perennial groundcover, this forms a spreading patch of small silver leaves with a narrow green edge. Clusters of purplish-pink flowers appear in spring, then continue on and off until fall. Fairly tolerant of dry shade, once established. Trim back in late winter. Evergreen." The tag also mentions that it handles light foot traffic.