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Red Dead-nettle

Lamium purpureum

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Pink purple flowers on upright stems, in whorls, up to 1.5cm wide.
Fruit:
4 nutlets, 3-angled.
Leaves:
Blunt-toothed leaf that is ovate to circular, wrinkly in appearance. The upper leaves are often tinged red or purple. Opposite and stalkless.
Maximum Size:
30cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and stems are edible, raw or cooked. They can be used in salads or to make tea. The foliage is present all year round. Very nutritious.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Fragrant flowers.
Other Names:
Blind Nettle, Deaf Nettle, Dumb Nettle, Purple Archangel, Purple Dead-nettle, Red Archangel, Red Henbit, Velikdenche.
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, roadsides, wasteland.