This is a fairly plain plant for partial or deep shade, though more imposing than it appears on the first photograph. Unlike the other two main species of the Lamium genus, (L. galeobdolon and L. maculatum), Lamium orvala is not in the least invasive, merely clump-forming. It has of course nothing in common with stinging nettles apart from the superficial similarity of its leaves, and the fact that both plants are valuable for butterflies. L. orvala is European, not native, but like other Lamiums is good for butterflies, particularly the Green-veined White, (often mistaken for other white butterflies, the Cabbage Whites), which also likes bluebells. It responds well to being Chelsea-chopped, even more than once, and grows up to 2ft high, with a spread of 18ins or so. Very easily propagated from stem-tip cuttings, or by seed, or by division.