Lamium album

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaLamiaceaeLamiumLamium album


A rhizomatous or sometimes stoloniferous perennial herb of secondary woodland, hedge-banks, waysides and rough ground, often growing on fertile soils close to habitation. 0-345 m (Garrigill, Cumberland).



World Distribution

As an archaeophyte L. album has a Eurasian Boreo-temperate distribution; it is widely naturalised outside this range.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 8

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.6

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 911

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome far-creeping

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1903

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 178

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 5

Atlas Change Index: -0.65

Weighted Changed Factor: -8

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (249c)
Grime JP, Hodgson JG, Hunt R
1988.  Comparative Plant Ecology.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Rauschert S, Weinert E
1978.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.