Lamium Galeobdolon, Yellow Archangel: Early Spring Yellow Flowers Very Unique Foliage

Lamiastrum Galeobdolon

Photo Compliments of Emilio

Lamium galeobdolon, or yellow archangel is a species of deadnettle, a stoloniferous, spreading perennial which is most often grown as a ground cover. This plant is about 12 inches in height and can have an almost indefinite spread.

Leaves are ovate to cordate, medium green and usually splashed with silver. Whorls of small, two-lipped, yellow flowers (typical for the mint family) appear on axillary stalks (about ¾ inch in length) and you will first see them in late spring.

How To Make Your Lamium Galeobdolon, Or Yellow Archangel Thrive

Lamiastrum Galeobdolon

Photo Compliments of Bill Barber

This plant is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Your best results are in moist soils in part shade. Once this plant is established, it tolerates some drought. It spreads by creeping stems and can be somewhat aggressive in optimum growing conditions.

General Lamium Galeobdolon, Or Yellow Archangel Thrive Information

Pests and Diseases

There are No serious insect or disease problems. Slugs and snails are occasional visitors, and this plant can spread aggressively.


Propagate Lamium galeobdolon by division, or stem cuttings. If plant becomes leggy, shear back to shape and to promote new foliage growth.

Garden Uses

This is an excellent ground cover for shady areas.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Common Name: Yellow archangel
  • Type: Herbaceous perennial
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 4 to 9
  • Height: 12 to 24 inches
  • Spread: 12 to 24 inches
  • Bloom Time: June
  • Bloom Description: Yellow, flecked brown
  • Sun: Part shade to full shade
  • Water: Dry to medium
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Tolerates: Deer, drought, heavy shade, erosion, dry soil, shallow-rocky soil, air pollution

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  1. The flowers look like orchids! And what unusual leaves.

  2. Don’t plant this anywhere you want native plants, as it will crowd them out. Best for pots, that’s all. Chech with King County for more information.

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