One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of a genus which comprises the dead-nettles.
Genus Lamium, family Labiatae
- ‘Plant mitsuba with other herbs of similar culture such as sweet cicely, chervil, bee balm, lamium, lungwort, violets, and woodland strawberries.’
- ‘Even without flowers, she says, variegated lamiums are a spectacular foil for hellebores, especially with the white flecks of the ground cover playing off the darker-flowering hellebores.’
- ‘White impatiens, White Nancy lamiums, spathiphyllums and white caladiums glow at night under an oak tree.’
- ‘Some other plants had survived, a small convolvulus, golden lamium and creeping geranium were beginning to sprout so these were potted up but the lining fell to bits when the basket was emptied.’
Modern Latin, from Latin, from Greek lamia ‘gaping mouth’ (because of the shape of the flowers).
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