Botanical name: Lamium orvala
Other names: Balm-leaved red deadnettle
Species: L. orvala - L. orvala is a perennial with large, heart-shaped leaves which are deeply veined, formed on on stout stems, and large pink flowers.
Lamium orvala is: Deciduous
Flower: Dark-pink in Spring; Dark-pink in Summer
Foliage: Green in Spring; Green in Summer
Pests: Generally pest-free.
Diseases: Generally disease-free.
Propagation methods: Division. REGISTER to read more...
Lamium orvala (Balm-leaved red deadnettle) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wildflower, Wildlife, Woodland
Cultivation: Plant in moist, free-draining soil in either full or dappled shade in a sheltered position. After flowering, it can be trimmed back to encourage the production of more foliage for ground cover.
Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Light: Full Shade, Partial Shade
Aspect: North, East, West
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)
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Sometimes called giant dead-nettle, this member of the family comes from Italy and France. It is a good source of nectar for bees fairly early in the season. Unlike some others in this family, it does not spread. The attractive flowers are deep pink to purple and can be up to 2cm long.
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