Looking for a fast-growing, attractive ground cover for shady areas? Consider lamium, sometimes known as spotted dead nettle. This plant is part of the mint family and is beloved by gardeners for its compact form and lovely foliage. The leaves are tear-shaped and may be serrated. Most lamium varieties have variegated leaves, with lime green, yellow or white variegations. The small clusters of flowers are usually pink, white or purple, and appear from spring through late summer.