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Lamium Orvala

Balm-Leaved Archangel or Dead-Nettle
Class and Order
Didynamia Gymnospermia
Generic Character
Corollæ labium superius integrum, fornicatum; lab. infer. 2-lobum; faux utrinque margine dentata
LAMIUM Orvala foliis cordatis inæqualiter arguteque serratis, corollis fauce inflata, caulibus coloratis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. Murr. p. 534
LAMIUM maximum sylvaticum alterum. Bauh. Pin. 231
GALEOPSIS maxima pannonica. Clus. hist. 2. p. 35. Hungary Dead-Nettle, or the Dragon Flower. Park. Parad. p. 385.

Few of the plants of this genus have been thought to possess sufficient beauty for the flower-garden, the present one excepted, the magnificence of whose blossoms justly entitles it to rank with the more curious, if not the most beautiful of the vegetable tribes.

Though not common in our gardens, it has long been introduced, having been cultivated and accurately described, though badly figured, by Parkinson in his Parad. terr.

It grows spontaneously in the woods of Italy and Hungary, and flowers with us about the latter end of April, at which time, if cold winds prevail, it is apt to be injured, unless placed in a sheltered part of the garden.

It may be propagated either by seeds, or by parting its roots in autumn, is a hardy plant and grows readily.

172Lamium Orvala
Lamium Orvala
Balm-Leaved Archangel or Dead-Nettle