Lamium maculatum 'Chequers' Spotted Dead Nettle



Lamium 'Chequers' has evergreen, heart-shaped, scalloped, blue green leaves with a central white blaze. Its whorls of hooded violet flowers are produced in early spring and intermittently to fall. Also called Spotted Dead Nettle, Lamium maculatum is a stoloniferous spreading ground cover. We have found Lamium 'Chequers' to be the best dead nettle for humid areas.

Lamium maculatum 'Chequers' prefers partial to full shade and well-drained, average to moist soil. Good drainage is essential. It is drought tolerant once established. A cool season perennial, it does not like heat and humidity. It looks its best early in the season, but maintains a decent presence all year. Cut back fairly hard if foliage becomes unsightly and it will reflush.


  • Common Names: Spotted Dead Nettle
  • Zones: 4-9
  • Light Requirements: Part Shade to Shade
  • Soil Preference: Well-drained
  • Height at Maturity: 12
  • Width at Maturity: 24
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: April-June
  • Foliage Color: Variegated

Special Features

  • Attracts:
  • Tolerates: Deer. Rabbits.
  • Other Features: Evergreen.

Care and Growing Tips

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