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Good ground cover?


By Bernard

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom Gb

I wonder if this plant might be useful as ground cover in the wooded area of the garden. It looks as though it might be easy to control. A name and any comments would be welcome.




Name: Red dead-nettle
( badman’s posies, day nettle, deaf nettle, dog nettle, red archangel )

Latin name: Lamium purpureum L.

Occurrence: A native winter to summer annual weed common on cultivated land and waste places throughout the UK. It occurs on all soils but prefers loose, nutrient-rich, loamy or sandy soils. In an early survey of Bedfordshire and Herefordshire it was characteristic of light sandy soils.

Red dead-nettle is common in cereals where it has benefited from the control of more competitive weeds. It is a weed of gardens as well as arable land.

Red dead-nettle can carry cucumber mosaic virus both in the growing plant and in its seeds. It is also a host of the potato leaf-roll virus.

So I wouldn't if I were you - I'm always trying to get rid of it. If you want ground cover what about Lamium Maculatum - there are some lovely cultivars and they all have better manners.

5 Apr, 2009


Wow, that's what I call a comprehensive reply. Thank you so much Wagger.

5 Apr, 2009


Not the best ground cover as Wagger says. I could send you a shed load of Violets, which flowers from Jan. to April.

5 Apr, 2009


I'm a lot lazier than that, Bernard - cut and paste is a great tool.

5 Apr, 2009


There are other Lamiums that would give good ground cover in woodland. try Galeobdolon and Lamium maculatum .

5 Apr, 2009


Be careful with L. galeobdolon - it can be a thug! A pretty one, but still a thug.

5 Apr, 2009


Thanks to all for your help. Doctorbob, was that a serious offer?

5 Apr, 2009


Anywhere near Kettering in Northamptonshire? You can come and dig up violets any day you like (not all of them because I actually like them).

20 Apr, 2009

How do I say thanks?

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