White dead-nettle

White Dead-nettle

©Neil Wyatt

White dead-nettle

Scientific name: Lamium album
White dead-nettle does not sting. It displays dense clusters of white flowers in whorls around its stem, and can be found on disturbed ground, such as roadside verges.

Species information


Height: up to 80cm

Conservation status


When to see

March to December


White dead-nettle is a common plant of roadside verges, waste grounds and grassy banks - anywhere the ground has been disturbed. Like yellow archangel, and other members of the dead-nettle family, it doesn't have stinging leaves. Its white flowers appear from March right the way through to December.

How to identify

Looking similar to a stinging nettle, white dead-nettle is a hairy perennial with heart-shaped, deeply toothed leaves. Dense whorls of white, 'hooded' flowers appear up the stem, among the leaves.



Did you know?

Lots of different species of long-tongued insects visit the flowers of white dead-nettle, including the red mason bee, white-tailed bumblebee and burnished brass moth. The caterpillars of the garden tiger and angle shades moths feed on the leaves, as do Green tortoise beetles.