Noteworthy Collections: Virginia 84(1)


Conley K. McMullen

Additional Authors:

T. Warner Lowery


January 2019


Lamium galeobdolon, Rockingham County, Virginia, Noteworthy Collection

Lamium galeobdolon (L.) L. (Lamiaceae) – Rockingham County

This is the first report of L. galeobdolon (yellow archangel) in Rockingham County.  Prior to these collections, L. galeobdolon was said to be rare in the northern Piedmont of Virginia, having been recorded only from Fairfax County.  The Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora, however, indicates that this species has also been reported from the counties of Arlington and Rappahannock.  Nevertheless, the collections reported here are the first in Virginia west of the Blue Ridge, and as such worth mentioning.  According to William D. Flint, a nearby landowner, the population has been at this locale for at least 8-10 years, possibly longer.  As stated on one of the collection labels, this population is located across the road from a pull-off area.  It is obvious that this pull-off area is occasionally used as a dump site.  Consequently, it is possible that this population is the result of a discarded pot or planter containing this species.