White Nancy Lamium

Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy'

Family: Spotted Dead Nettle

Type: Perennial

Other Common Name: Deadnettle, Creeping Lamium

White Nancy Lamium, scientifically known as Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’, is a versatile and attractive ground cover plant. It is celebrated for its silvery-white foliage and clusters of delicate white flowers.

This cultivar is a superb choice for adding light and contrast to shady garden areas. It spreads quickly, forming a dense carpet that suppresses weeds and adds interest to the understory.

Thriving in partial to full shade, White Nancy Lamium is hardy in zones 3-8. It prefers moist, well-draining soil, making it a great option for woodland gardens, shaded borders, and underplanting beneath taller plants.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 2a-4a

Deer Resistant: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Dry to wet

Sun Needs: Partial shade to shade

Drought Tolerance (Xeriscape): Yes


Growth Rate: Fast

Average Height (feet): 1

Average Spread (feet): 2

Average Life Span (years): 10

Form: Spreading


Flower Color: White

Bloom Season: From mid spring to early fall

Foliage Color: White

Foliage Shape: Oval

Landscaping Your Yard With White Nancy Lamium

Incorporating White Nancy Lamium into your garden design offers both aesthetic appeal and practical benefits. Its variegated foliage lights up shady areas, and its flowers add a subtle charm.

This ground cover is ideal for filling gaps in shaded garden beds, covering large areas under trees, or cascading over the edges of containers. It’s especially useful in low-light conditions where other plants might struggle.

Despite its lush appearance, White Nancy Lamium is low maintenance. It’s a fantastic choice for gardeners who want an attractive ground cover with minimal effort.


Suitable Garden Styles

Woodland Garden

In woodland gardens, White Nancy Lamium thrives in the dappled light under trees. Its foliage complements the natural woodland setting.

Cottage Garden

For cottage gardens, this lamium adds a quaint charm. Its sprawling habit and delicate flowers blend well with other cottage-style plants.

Shade Garden

In shade gardens, White Nancy Lamium is a star performer. Its bright foliage brings light to darker areas, and it pairs well with ferns and hostas.

White Nancy Lamium Landscaping Ideas

Use it to create a living mulch under shrubs. It suppresses weeds while adding visual interest.

Plant it along shaded walkways for a soft edge. Its variegated leaves and flowers enhance the path’s appeal.

Combine it with other shade-loving perennials. It forms a beautiful underplanting, complementing taller plants and adding variety in texture.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, White Nancy Lamium begins to grow, covering the ground with its decorative leaves and preparing to flower.


During summer, it blooms with white flowers, offering a refreshing look amidst the greenery in the shade.


In the fall, the foliage maintains its variegation, adding interest to the autumn garden even as other plants begin to fade.


In winter, White Nancy Lamium may remain semi-evergreen, depending on the climate. In milder regions, it continues to provide ground cover throughout the season.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

White Nancy Lamium is best planted in areas with partial to full shade. It’s ideal for underplanting in woodland gardens, shaded borders, or beneath tall shrubs where it can enjoy the cool, moist conditions.


This plant thrives in partial to full shade. While it can tolerate some morning sun, too much direct sunlight can scorch its leaves and fade its vibrant coloration.


White Nancy Lamium prefers moist, well-draining soil rich in organic matter. It's adaptable to various soil types but thrives in soil that retains moisture without becoming waterlogged.


Space plants about 12 to 18 inches apart. This spacing allows the plant to spread and form a continuous carpet of foliage, covering the ground effectively.

When to Plant

The best time to plant White Nancy Lamium is in the spring or early fall, allowing the roots to establish before extreme weather conditions.

How to Plant

Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Place the plant in the hole, backfill with soil, and water thoroughly.

Plant at the same depth it was in the container.

Plant Care Tips


Regular watering is necessary, especially in dry conditions. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged to promote healthy growth.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to encourage lush foliage and flowering.


Pruning is generally not necessary but can be done to maintain shape or remove any damaged or diseased foliage.

By Season


Spring Care

In spring, mulch around the plants to retain moisture and remove any winter-damaged foliage to encourage new growth.

Summer Care

During the summer, ensure consistent moisture, especially during hot, dry periods. Mulching helps retain soil moisture.

Fall Care

In fall, little care is needed. The plant will continue to provide ground cover as other plants begin to die back.

Winter Care

In milder climates, White Nancy Lamium may remain semi-evergreen. In colder regions, it will die back and re-emerge in spring.


How Fast Does White Nancy Lamium Spread?

White Nancy Lamium is a moderately fast spreader, quickly covering the ground in favorable conditions.

Is White Nancy Lamium Deer Resistant?

Yes, White Nancy Lamium is generally deer resistant, making it a good choice for gardens in deer-prone areas.

Can White Nancy Lamium Be Grown in Containers?

Yes, it can be grown in containers, especially when paired with other shade-loving plants, to add interest to patios or shaded balconies.

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