Golden Dead Nettle  (Lamium galeobdolon 'Variegata')

Golden Dead Nettle (Lamium galeobdolon 'Variegata')

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Golden dead nettle (Lamium galeobdolon) is a perennial wildflower that is part of the mint (Lamiaceae) family. It readily spreads and forms a mat of foliage, and thus it is frequently used as an ornamental ground cover. 

Golden dead nettle is indigenous to the shady woodlands of Europe and western Asia. Its interesting foliage can brighten up a shady area even when the plant is not in bloom. Thus, it is often used as a ground cover option for spots that don't get a lot of sun, though it might be too aggressive of a spreader for a formal garden bed. The plant typically does not have any serious issues with pests or diseases, and it is known to be deer-resistent.

Golden dead nettle grows best in a location with partial shade. But it also will tolerate growing in full shade. Too much sun can burn the foliage. Indoors keep the plant in medium to bright indirect light.

Golden dead nettle needs consistently moist but not soggy soil as it's becoming established. Mature plants like a dry to moderate moisture level, and they have a good tolerance for periods of drought. This is a fast grower and will appreciate regular fertilizing.