Botanical Name: Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver '
Common Name: Beacon Silver Dead Nettle  
Plant photo of: Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver '
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Green, Silver, White, Variegated


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade



Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Mediterranean, Ranch, Woodland


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Entry, Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways


Special Uses

Container, Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Small Spaces, Hanging Baskets


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Linda Engstrom
  • Description

  • Notes

'Beacon Silver' is another lamium cultivar, with silver-white leaves and green margins. The margin between the white and green areas seems more crisp than in 'White Nancy.' Grows about 6 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide by underground runners. Has small pink flowers in late spring to early summer. A great groundcover for partial shady to shady areas.
Grow in well drained soil in part to full shade. It is tolerant of most soil types, but grows best in a loamy-clay to loamy-sandy soil. If planting as a groundcover, space the plants on 12-inch centers. It spreads by rhizones and creeping stems, so plant it knowing its nature, and it will be a heavenly addition to the garden. Restricting watering will keep it in check. Barney Barnett (Willard Bay Gardens) says lamium will keep snails out of hosta (they dislike its nettlely nature). In containers, it may need more frequent watering.