Ask a Question forum: What's wrong with my Lamium?

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Pasadena, Ca
Mographer
Aug 22, 2017 1:59 PM CST
Hello Forum! I just recently planted a bunch of lamium about 3 weeks ago. Some of it is looking ok, some of it is looking like this. Growing out, but bare in the middle. What can I check to get these guys to grow full and healthy?
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Bonehead
Aug 22, 2017 2:45 PM CST
I would cut it back hard and see if that might rejuvenate it. It's usually a pretty tough little plant. Mine do best in partial to full shade, which might be another factor.
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Pasadena, Ca
Mographer
Aug 22, 2017 3:20 PM CST
Bonehead said:I would cut it back hard and see if that might rejuvenate it. It's usually a pretty tough little plant. Mine do best in partial to full shade, which might be another factor.


It could be because of sun exposure. It seems that the only plants doing this are the ones that get a bit of sun in the afternoon.

When you say cut it back hard, how much do you mean? I'm a complete novice! Thanks for your help.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Beavers
Dragonflies Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers
Image
Bonehead
Aug 22, 2017 3:58 PM CST
When my lamium gets leggy (usually about when the blooms are fading), I cut it back to about 1-2". It recovers quickly. I have two cultivars, both in the L. maculatum family - Chequers and White Nancy. Chequers is more aggressive about colonizing, but is easy to pull where I don't want it. I use both for reblooming jolly little groundcovers. I think L. galeogdolon (yellow lamium) may be more aggressive in general, but not really sure. My son has it pretty much overtaking an entire shady side yard.
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