Galeobdolon luteum subsp. luteum cv. Variegatum, Galeopsis galeobdolon L., Lamiastrum galeobdolon (L.) Ehrend. & Polatschek, Lamium luteum (Huds.) Krock.
Vascular – Exotic
Herbs - Dicotyledons other than Composites
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Terrestrial. Disturbed bush, shrubland, fernland and margins throughout New Zealand.
An erect, stoloniferous mat-forming invasive pleasant smelling perennial herb to 50cm tall. Leaves mint-like- lance shaped to egg-shaped leaves to 8cm long by 6cm across, long stalked. Leaves pointed, coarsely-toothed with pale silvery-grey patches on either side of midrib on upper surface. Purplish square, densely hairy stems. Long non-rooting runners. Yellow flowers are 2-2.5cm long with upper and lower lips, occurring in dense axillary whorls (Dec-May).
No other species with silver patches on the leaves.
December, January, February, March, April, May.
Perennial. Spreads vegetatively, seed not known from New Zealand. Dispersed by stolon fragments via soil movement, vegetative spread.
Europe, western Asia
Reason for introduction
Tolerates moderate shade, physical damage, wet to moderately dry, many soil types.
National Pest Plant Accord species
This plant is listed in the 2020 National Pest Plant Accord. The National Pest Plant Accord (NPPA) is an agreement to prevent the sale and/or distribution of specified pest plants where either formal or casual horticultural trade is the most significant way of spreading the plant in New Zealand. For up to date information and an electronic copy of the 2020 Pest Plant Accord manual (including plant information and images) visit the MPI website.