Spotted Dead-nettle - Lamium maculatum


Short to tall, hairy, aromatic plant. Patch forming. Leaves triangular-ovate coarsely toothed often with a central whitish blotch or band. Flowers pinkish purple 20 to 35 mm long with a curved corolla tube.

Similar Species

Forms with unmarked leaves can be similar to Lamium purpureum

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Unlike other pink-flowered species, the corolla tube is curved


Waste ground, tips, hedgerows near habitation. Much grown in gardens, and naturalised; often persists in tipped garden waste

When to see it

April to October.

Life History


UK Status

Mostly found in central, southern and western England.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 21 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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