Variegated Yellow Archangel

Lamium galeobdolon subsp. argentatum

Variegated Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon subsp argentatum)

Also called the ‘Garden Yellow Archangel’, this dead-nettle plant has large, striking yellow flowers. They are two-lipped, with reddish-brown streaks on the lower lip. The hairy leaves are large and paired,  with course, toothed margins, and are almost triangular in shape, splashed with bold silver-grey blotches.

Variegated Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon subsp argentatum)

It flowers April to June, and is found in shady woodland, hedgerows, banksides and gardens. A subspecies of the native Lamium galeobdolon, and often found as a garden escapee. Non-native, common and widespread in the south and south-west of Britain, rarer further north. First discovered in the wild in Oxfordshire in 1974, and is now considered an invasive species and a potential threat to native woodland plants in some lowland counties.

Variegated Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon subsp argentatum) leaf

Variegated Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon subsp argentatum) leaf


April 2014, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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