lamium maculatum

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Related to lamium maculatum: Tiarella cordifolia
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dead nettle

dead nettle

not related to nettle Name comes from looking like stinging nettle but without sting. Not related to nettle. In mint family, square stem. Leaves and flowers can be eaten raw. Used as blood purifier, for menstrual, eyewash, bladder, kidney. Flower tea used for bronchial problems. Roots used for BPH prostate, kidney, gastrointestinal. Studies underway for Hep.C (liver). Spotted Dead Nettle has a silver marking on the center of each leaf. Flowers look like purple-pink snapdragons with upper and lower lips.
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Herbaceous perennials are not as easy, but in dense shade consider ajuga, anemone japonica, waldsternia ternate, tiarella, tellima, pullmonaria saccharata, hosta, aruncu dioicus, lily of the valley, iris foetidissima and lamium maculatum.
Other plant options for a green-on-green effect include lime thyme or Lamium maculatum 'Golden Anniversary'.
Ajuga, the bugle, with blue flowers in spring and summer Bergenia, the winter-flowering 'pigsqueak' with elephant-ear leaves and pink blooms Brunnera or Anchusa, with small blue May flowers Euphorbia robbiae, one of the cultivated spurges, flowering yellow or green, also in May Hostas, one of the most effective shade plants with variegated and white or mauve flowers Iris foetidissima, with purple flowers in June and red seeds Lamium maculatum, one of the dead-nettles but attractive for all that.