False Lamium

I thought I recalled someone calling this plant the “aluminum plant” but that’s something different. In any event, it is invasive but I don’t think it’s poisonous (the kids were sucking the nectar from it the other day!)

For photos and more info see: http://www.gvipc.ca/most_wanted_article.php?id=6

Here’s what they recommend instead:

Alternatives for planting:
Instead of false lamium, try yerba buena (Clinopodium douglasii), piggy-back plant (Tolmiea menziesii), kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) – all native plants that provide habitat for native wildlife. You can also try euonymus (Euonymus fortunei); it’s not native to BC, but is also non-invasive.

I’ve learned that what makes it invasive is that not only does it spread, insects carry the seeds to new places.


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    Mary Bennett said,

    I think they’re different.

    This is noted as a house plant – and has a different latin name. I think it’s less fuzzy and less invasive. And doesn’t propagate through ants moving the seeds. The wonders of the web are such that when I googled for “false lamium” aluminum plant, the top two hits were this little blog. Cool, eh?

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