Plant ID forum: Weed or perennial

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May 15, 2014 8:34 AM CST
Zone 4

I don't know if I like this plant or not, the purple one in front.

Let's start with "what is it?".

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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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May 15, 2014 9:06 AM CST
From what I can tell of the photo, it's Lamium. Some consider it a weedy pest and others cultivate it. Several varieties can be bought in garden departments.
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May 15, 2014 9:26 AM CST

It is a very healthy Lamium, loved by bees.

Lamium maculatum, or a cultivar of it is the most likely.
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May 15, 2014 10:08 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Beautiful plant, hope you tip on the side of 'like it.' Smiling
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May 15, 2014 12:38 PM CST
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I do have this lamium which is different than my posting. The leaves are quite pointed and dark but I see a resemblance.

Ok. I'll keep it this year Thumbs up

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Name: Danita
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May 15, 2014 2:32 PM CST
I agree with the ID of Lamium maculatum and it looks like it could be the cultivar called 'Chequers'. See the pics here:
Spotted Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum 'Chequers')

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May 16, 2014 7:54 AM CST
If stores sold pretty plants like that around here, I'd have big patches of that. Those leaves are awesome, whether or not the plant is blooming. I've given up on most plain-green leaf herbaceous perennials, so boring compared to a pretty plant like that.
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