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Cut-leaved Dead-nettle

Lamium hybridum

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle)
Life Cycle:
Annual or Perennial
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Fields, gardens, grassland, meadows, roadsides, wasteland.

Red, 2 petals
Small clusters of pinkish-purple, 5-lobed flowers. The petal tube of Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is much shorter than that of the similar looking Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum). 4 stamens.
The fruit is a brown, 4-parted and slightly bristly nutlet.
An annual flower similar to Red Dead-nettle but the upper leaves are more deeply toothed. Stalked, heart-shaped leaves in opposite pairs up the erect stem. The stems are square in cross-section. Grows mainly on cultivated ground.
Other Names:
Cutleaf Dead Nettle, Hybrid Dead Nettle, Hybrid Henbit.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Lamium hybridum, also known as the hybrid deadnettle or the hybrid henbit, is a perennial flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae. It is native to Europe and Asia, and is commonly found in grasslands, meadows, and along roadsides. The plant has hairy leaves and stems, and produces clusters of small, pink or purple flowers. It is often used as a groundcover plant in landscaping, and is known for its ability to thrive in partial shade. Lamium hybridum is also known for its ability to tolerate drought and poor soil conditions. The leaves of the plant are sometimes used in herbal remedies, and the plant has been used traditionally to treat a variety of ailments.


Cut-leaved Dead-nettle (Lamium hybridum) is a beautiful and versatile perennial plant that belongs to the Lamiaceae family. It is native to Europe and western Asia and is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in many parts of the world. Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is known for its distinctive leaves, which are bright green with a silver variegation and have a unique, scalloped shape. The leaves are also covered in soft, velvety hairs, which give the plant a soft, fuzzy appearance.

The Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is a hardy plant that can grow in a variety of soils and is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. It is a fast-growing plant that can reach up to 30 cm in height, making it an ideal choice for a variety of garden settings, including rock gardens, borders, and container gardens.

One of the standout features of Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is its bright and showy flowers. The plant produces spikes of tiny, tubular flowers in shades of pink, purple, and white. These flowers are attractive to a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The blooms are produced from late spring to early autumn and can continue to bloom for several months, providing a long-lasting source of color and interest in the garden.

Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is also an excellent choice for gardeners who are looking for a low-maintenance plant. It is easy to care for and can be grown in partial shade or full sun. The plant is also drought-tolerant and can withstand periods of dry weather. It is a great choice for gardeners who want a colorful and hardy plant that is easy to care for.

Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is a versatile and beautiful plant that is a great addition to any garden. With its attractive leaves, showy flowers, and low-maintenance nature, this plant is sure to add color and interest to any outdoor space.

In addition to its ornamental value, Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is also used for medicinal purposes. The plant is said to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving properties, and it has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including skin infections, wounds, and respiratory problems. The plant has also been used to make teas, which are said to help soothe sore throats, calm nerves, and relieve headaches.

However, it's important to note that the use of Cut-leaved Dead-nettle for medicinal purposes is not well-researched, and more studies are needed to fully understand its effects. If you are considering using the plant for medicinal purposes, it's important to speak with a healthcare provider first.

Another benefit of Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is its ability to attract beneficial insects to the garden. The plant's bright flowers provide a source of nectar for a variety of pollinators, and the leaves are also a source of food for the larvae of some species of butterflies. By adding Cut-leaved Dead-nettle to your garden, you can help to create a healthy and diverse ecosystem, which is important for the health of your plants and the environment as a whole.

It's worth mentioning that Cut-leaved Dead-nettle can be propagated easily by division, making it an affordable and low-maintenance way to add more plants to your garden. Simply divide the roots of an established plant in the spring or autumn, and transplant the new divisions into separate pots or into the garden.

Another great feature of Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is its versatility in the garden. It can be used in a variety of garden designs and styles, including cottage gardens, rock gardens, and wildflower gardens. It also works well in mixed borders and container gardens, making it a great option for gardeners with limited space.

In addition to its ornamental value, Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is also a great plant for wildlife gardens. The plant's bright flowers attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. These pollinators are essential for the health of our ecosystems, and by adding Cut-leaved Dead-nettle to your garden, you can help to create a more diverse and thriving environment.

It's also worth noting that Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is deer and rabbit-resistant, making it a great option for gardeners who live in areas where these animals are a problem. The plant's fuzzy leaves and stems are unappealing to these animals, and they will generally leave the plant alone.

When it comes to maintenance, Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is a relatively low-maintenance plant. It requires very little care and can be left to grow on its own for much of the year. However, it is important to keep the plant well-watered during dry spells and to cut back the dead flowers to encourage continued blooming.

Finally, it's worth mentioning that Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is a great plant for beginner gardeners. It is easy to care for, hardy, and fast-growing, making it a great option for those who are just starting out in the world of gardening.

In conclusion, Cut-leaved Dead-nettle is a beautiful, versatile, and low-maintenance plant that is a great addition to any garden. Whether you are looking to add color and interest to your outdoor space, attract beneficial insects, or even just to try your hand at gardening, this plant is sure to be a valuable addition to your garden.


Video 1: Cut-leaved Dead-nettle filmed in Orford, Suffolk on the 29th June 2022.


Video 2: Cut-leaved Dead-nettle filmed at Capernwray, Lancashire on the 17th July 2022.


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