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Lamium maculatum

i bought some Lamium maculatum last year, both pink pewter and white Nancy, having seen some at my kids school and doing some research online. My reading led me to believe it could spread like crazy..exactly what I wanted as groundcover in between my young hydrangeas. The Lamium was all planted end of last summer, some 9" pots some larger.

now spring has sprung, the Lamium looks v healthy, with distinctly larger lighter leaves, however it stays in the clumps it was planted in. ive Buried some stems in the hope of encouraging it to spread but so far nothing. Just wondered if anyone else had a spreader, or have I been misled?

clara

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,391

    they do spread but the fancy varieties are not as strong as the basic species in my experience

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,154

    I THINK THAT YOU ARE BEING A BIT HASTY. IF IT WAS PLANTED LATE LAST SUMMER IT WILL HAVE HAD TO GET ITS ROOTS ESTABLISHED, GO INTO DORMANCY OVER THE WINTER AND FINALLY REAWAKEN. 

    IT'S ONLY APRIL. BE PATIENT. THEY WILL SPREAD, GIVEN TIME.

    Last edited: 12 April 2017 18:39:42

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  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 6,999

    They root as they spread so you can pull little clumps off and dot them around where you have spaces.image

    Start looking in a couple of months.

    Last edited: 12 April 2017 18:42:37

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,468

    Mine took a year or so to really get going, but they're spreading beautifully under the trees now. 

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,655

    I've worked in gardens where it has become a real pest. Easily removed, I'll give you that, but keep an eye on it once it does start romping away.

    Devon.
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