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Planting Instructions for Lamiastrum (false lamium, yellow archangel):

Bloom Time:  Early summer Light:  Part shade to full shade
Soil:  Humus-rich, well-draining, woodland soil Moisture:  Average, but drought tolerant
Planting Depth:  1/2" deep, mulch lightly Spacing: 15 to 18", more for the spreading species

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. If condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out slightly. Plant everything within a day or two of arrival.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Lamiastrum in a shady spot in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil, if needed, however they are very adaptable to almost any good, well-draining soil. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack the soil in after planting.

Moisture:  Lamiastrum is tolerant of a wide range of conditions so long as they are not wet. Average moisture is good but they are also quite drought tolerant and will even grow in dry shade.

Spacing:  15 to 18", more for the spreading species

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown and sprouts about 1/2" below soil level and then mulch lightly after planting. The crowns spread just below soil level so the roots should not be showing after planting.

General Instructions:  Enrich your garden with compost or peat humus, as needed, and mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole. Plant the roots at the depth listed, then water in lightly. Lamiastrum prefer a slightly dry start so we only water them in once and then wait for them to sprout. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water as needed to keep them from wilting, but once established they are very drought tolerant.

Landscape Uses:  Lamiastrums look great in the woodland garden with hostas, ferns, Pulmonaria, bleeding hearts (Dicentra), and spring bulbs and wildflowers. They will also tolerate some dry shade under trees and shrubs and the clumping variety Lamiastrum 'Herman's Pride' works great as a border plant. We have also used mass plantings of Lamiastrum on slopes for erosion control with good success.

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