Lamium, Spotted Dead Nettle 'Pink Pewter'

Lamium maculatum

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lamium (LAY-mee-um) (Info)
Species: maculatum (mak-yuh-LAH-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Pewter
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade



Good Fall Color

Provides Winter Interest

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:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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:

El Sobrante, California

Los Angeles, California

Magalia, California

Martinez, California

San Leandro, California

Sonoma, California

Durango, Colorado

Cos Cob, Connecticut

Stamford, Connecticut

Barnesville, Georgia

Careywood, Idaho

Cary, Illinois

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Geneva, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

Portland, Indiana

Inwood, Iowa

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Shelby, Iowa

Sioux City, Iowa

Chicopee, Massachusetts

Revere, Massachusetts

Lake George, Minnesota

West Yellowstone, Montana

Ithaca, New York

Selden, New York

Wilson, North Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

Middlefield, Ohio

La Pine, Oregon

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Salt Lake City, Utah

South Pomfret, Vermont

Roanoke, Virginia

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Bow, Washington

Edison, Washington

Union, Washington

New Richmond, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 22, 2018, bobbiev from Mount Vernon, WA wrote:

I debated giving this a negative. In my western Washington state home this plant thrived----too well. In a woodland situation it is great. Needs no care and runs rampant. Seems to like filtered shade, but also grows abundantly in hot (90* plus) direct sun. No matter how many times I pulled it out of the formal gardens, it would spring back and infiltrate all the other plants. I had to lift existing plants out and try to find the thready little roots and pick them out, but it was impossible to get them all out. I tried poisoning, which worked for a season or two, but then it would creep back. It grew out in the pasture---probably from pulled sprouts I had thrown away. It's true it will brighten a shady area and the flower is pretty up close, but not that noticeable in the grand sch... read more


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 4, 2013, JanaDiane from Magalia, CA wrote:

This wonderful plant shines in my garden. It is just stunning. I love the contrast and interest it provides in the ground and in containers. I have it here and there and just planted some next to some cyclamen and it looks great. I could go on and on about all the different companion plants and combinations but suffice it to say "Get some!"


On Apr 13, 2012, laura10801 from Fairfield County, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've been growing this variety for years. I like it a lot and I'm growing it in several locations: in a container that has been left outside through 3 New England winters, in a shady, not very hospitable border that seems to kill about 1/3 of what I plant there, and in a friendlier, part shade bed. It has done well in all locations and has not been invasive at all. I have to say, it has taken a couple of years to get an impressive spread, but it was worth the wait.


On Jul 13, 2011, cabngirl from Sonoma, CA wrote:

Not nearly as invasive as the yellow lamium, Galeobdolon luteum.
I love it in containers as a compliment to contrasting foliage, or in dark areas. Mine was from a cutting and took a while to get going in a large ceramic pot with a decorative specimen-tree, making a small mound (roughly a foot spread) over the last couple years.


On Jul 11, 2011, yankeeingenuity from Brookings, OR (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have this plant in dry shade under a large fir tree and it does well there. Also under-planted a purple smoke bush in a large planter with this lamium and the combination is stunning!


On Jul 11, 2011, blondiepooh from La Pine, OR wrote:

I live in a wildlife travel corridor; this means that I regularly but involuntarily feed white tail deer and all kinds of rabbits.
This is one plant I don't have to fence or protect since none of the above mentioned animals are eating it. Yay!


On Jul 11, 2011, econobot from Newfield, NY wrote:


On Apr 22, 2005, gabe9198 from Houston, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I had little growth or spread at first, but I cut it back about 40% in mid March, and it responded well. I can't say for sure yet, but so far it's not invasive, and it adds a lot of color and texture to my deep shade garden.


On Apr 15, 2004, KDePetrillo from North Scituate, RI (Zone 6a) wrote:

A very pretty plant, but can be invasive -- especially in good soil. If the plant spreads too much, though, it's fairly easy to remove.


On Apr 14, 2004, cornpurge from Sugar Land, TX wrote:

Did not have good luck with this plant in Houston.


On Apr 2, 2003, violabird from Barnesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I think this plant is underused, I love it. In window boxes, dry shade, Georgia heat, and my favorite, during the winter--it just glows. In my garden it starts taking off in Feb. starts blooming in March and keeps blooming till frost. Best part, it spreads so readily I plant very few impatients!


On Aug 14, 2002, gramoz from Mountain Home, AR wrote:

Wonderful plant. Grows well in full sun also.


On Aug 11, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

As with all the lamiums, Pink Pewter with it's silvery foliage is a nice addition to the shadier areas. The bright pink flowers are an added asset.


On May 3, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Nice color, really helps lighten up dark corners. Vigorous grower, but easy to keep in check with a little care. Flowers are plentiful and are a nice complement to the foliage.