DESCRIPTION: This striking variety is one of the most colorful and vigorous available; plentiful, handsome purple blooms rise above and contrast silvery varigated foliage below; an excellent choice for groundcover or...
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DESCRIPTION: This striking variety is one of the most colorful and vigorous available; plentiful, handsome purple blooms rise above and contrast silvery varigated foliage below; an excellent choice for groundcover or containers

BOTANICAL NAME: Lamium maculatum 'Purple Dragon'
OTHER NAMES: Purple Dragon Spotted Dead Nettle
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 15-20 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 45-60 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full shade to partial sun
FLOWER COLOUR: Purple
FLOWERING TIME: Late spring into early fall
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Silver and green variegated
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 2 ( Should survive up to -42.7° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average - Dry or Moist - Drought tolerant once established
OTHER FEATURES: Border, Groundcover, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant

Ornamental Features

Purple Dragon Lamium has masses of beautiful spikes of purple flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive oval leaves remain dark green in colour with showy silver variegation throughout the season. 

Landscape Attributes

Purple Dragon Lamium is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration:

  • Spreading

Purple Dragon Lamium is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Purple Dragon Lamium will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. 

Purple Dragon Lamium is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. 

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