Aluminium plant

Lamium galeobdolon ‘Variegatum’

Aluminium plant

Aluminium plant

Legal Status: Unwanted Organism - BNZ
Status in New Zealand: Established
Organism: Land plants

Other Common name: Artillery plant


Lamium galeobdolon, Galeobdolon argentatum


This is a mat-forming perennial ground cover. Stems are square and purple in colour. Aromatic mint-like oval leaves (30-80 x 25-60 mm) are coarsely serrated along the edges, and arranged alternately on the stems. The leaves are hairy below, with large pale-silverygrey patches on the upper surface. From December to May, tubular hairy lemon-yellow flowers (20-25 mm long) are produced.


This herb forms a dense ground cover in shaded areas and prevents seedlings of native species establishing.

What to do

Contact your regional council to determine the status of this species and responsibility for control and/or advice on control.

Page last updated: 14 January 2010