Synonyms of Lamium galeobdolon (5) (Updated on 2-3-21): Galeobdolon galeobdolon (L.) H.Karst., Galeopsis galeobdolon L., Lamiastrum galeobdolon (L.) Ehrend. & Polatschek, Leonurus galeobdolon (L.) Scop., Pollichia galeobdolon (L.) Schrank
Lamium galeobdolon (L.) L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Lamium. It was named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the fourth edition of Amoenitates Academici in 1759. Mr. Linnaeus first named and described this species as Galeopsis galeobdolon in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
The genus, Lamium L., was also named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the second edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 29 species in the Lamium genus (as of2-3-21 when I last updated this page). It is a member of the plant family Lamiaceae with 236 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.
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I brought this plant home from Lowe’s in Greenville, Mississippi in the spring of 2009. I was living at the mansion in Leland at the time. As you can see from the label in the above photo, it said this plant was a Spotted Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum). That label was incorrect because this plant is Lamium galeobdolon commonly known as the Yellow Archangel.
Origin: Europe and western Asia.
Zones: 4A-9B (-30 TO 25 ° F).
Size: 8-24” tall and wide.
Light: Part to full shade.
Soil: Average, well-drained soil.
Water: Average to dry, drought tolerant.
Leaves: Very variable in color and scented.
Flowers: Yellow flowers in June with reddish markings on the lower lip.
Propagation: Division or stem cuttings.
Maintenance: Shear plants if they become leggy to 4-6”.
Concerns: Can become invasive in the right conditions.
I planted it in the back yard by an old goldfish pool. It did very well in 2009 and 2010. It did not return in 2011.
Plants spread as stems lean over and touch the ground and take root at the leaf nodes. They also spread from self-seeding. This species is somewhat variable as far as the color of the leaves. Leaves may be solid green, mottled, or marbled with silvery-white.
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