Yellow Archangel is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in woodland and hedgerows, to a mature height of up to 80cm.
Yellow Archangel is thought to take its name from its 'virtuous' property of not stinging, despite its leaves having a similar appearance to that of the Stinging Nettle. The attractive red-steaked yellow flowers of Yellow Archangel are borne in whorls around the stem. Yellow Archangel is used as a garden plant and has been cultivated to produce variegated forms. The presence of established native Yellow Archangel can be an indicator of ancient woodland.
Botanic classification and naming: Yellow Archangel is a member of the Mint (Lamiaceae) family. The genus name
'Lamium' identifies the plant as a Dead-Nettle and its species name 'galeobdolon' means 'weasel-smelling plant'.
Concerns: Yellow Archangel is sometimes invasive in parts of the world where it has been introduced as a non-native.