Purple Dead Nettle ground cover

Purple Dead Nettle ground cover

Posted by Isaac A quick blog post to show what the bees are doing as these April days continue to brighten and warm. This early ground-covering plant is called purple deadnettle . You can see the small purple flowers, and in this photo, a bee collecting pollen (center). The pollen is an impressive bright red. The last few days have been good for collecting and the bees have been bringing it to the hives by the wagonload. This is a rich source of protein for the growing brood …

Purple Dead Nettle weed

Purple Dead Nettle weed

Lamium purpureum Purple deadnettle a.k.a Archangel Purple dead nettle is popping up all over the place at this time of year, including here at the little Victorian. Aside from being cute and sporting a pretty combination of purple and green, it is both medicinal and edible. For eating: It doesn t have a strong flavor, but it is a superfood, packed with fiber, iron, antioxidants and vitamins. I ve had it raw, but it can also be cooked. It looks pretty on a salad. For healing: The …

Purple Dead nettle edible

Purple Dead nettle edible

Here’s a couple of plants that we’ve overlooked in the past. This year they have grown in such large numbers that we just had to find out if they were edible or not. There are literally hundreds of acres in the Midwest that get covered with patches of these plants in the early spring and it seems like a waste to not utilize them. The henbit and purple dead nettle are members of the mint family. Our early spring has them popping up everywhere. They seem to thrive open ground like …

Purple Dead Nettle invasive

Purple Dead Nettle invasive

The Purple Deadnettle is an extremely common plant that is originally from Europe. Most people consider a weed, an alien invasive, an evil plant to get rid of at any cost. Others consider it edible, medicinal, or an herb to be made into tea. From a distance, it doesn’t look like much, but up close it has delicate, intricately shaped lavender flowers. It is one of the first to come up and bloom in the spring and can last most of the summer. It is often seen in farm fields early …