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Cutter: nice little ground cover


The dead cutter is an ideal ground cover plant that we love as much for its pretty summer bloom as for its beautiful evergreen foliage.

Whether white, purple or yellow, it is also a perfect plant to adorn an undergrowth.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Lamium maculatum
Family : Lamiaceae
Type : Perennial

Height
: 20 to 30 cm
Exposure : Sunny to shade
Ground : Rich and well drained

Foliage
: Obsolete
Flowering : April to June

Planting the cutter bar

The dead cutter is planted without preference, spring or fall and ideally in cool and rather shady soil.

  • Good garden soil is very suitable for cuttings
  • Even though the lamium maculatum tolerates the sun, it will be necessary to plant the lamium galeobdelon in the shade
  • Space each plant at least 40 cm apart because the cutter bar quickly grows in size
  • Multiplication by cuttings in summer.

Cutter bar maintenance

On the maintenance side, this plant is very easy to grow and requires almost no care.

No pruning is necessary, but it can be useful in the spring if the plant becomes invasive.

We are then satisfied with limit its extension in dropping frankly without risk for the plant.

To know about the cutter bar

Nicknamed red nettle, it is also sometimes called white nettle, because its flowers can be white, purple or pink depending on the variety. Some species (lamium amplexicaule) are even considered to be weeds.

The foliage, variegated with gray or purple and evergreen, is certainly one of the greatest assets of the cutter bar.

Its speed of propagation makes it an excellent ground cover that you can install on edges, embankments and even in shady areas, under a tree or a shrub hedge for example.

Diseases and parasites that affect the cutter bar

Cutters are fairly resistant to disease but can suffer from aphids, slugs or snails.

Smart tip about the cutter bar

If the plant becomes too invasive, feel free to remove a few shoots.

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