Lamium Orvala. Balm-Leaved Archangel, or Dead-Nettle.

Class and Order:

Didynamia Gymnospermia.

Generic Character:

Corollae labium superius integrum, fornicatum; lab. infer. 2-lobum; faux utrinque margine dentata.

Specific Character and Synonyms:

LAMIUM Orvala foliis cordatis inaequaliter 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.

172 Lamium Orvala Balm Leaved Archangel or Dead Ne
No. 172.

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.