Red Dead Nettles and Butterfly

Red Dead Nettles and Butterfly

Lamium purpureum or Red Dead Nettle is a European wildflower or weed that was for some while an old garden standard for its bronzy-purple foliage &amp smallish purple flowers. In all areas across North America where it was successfully gardenable, it escaped to roadsides &amp is in some places ubiquitous. This stuff that has naturalized all over our neighborhood &amp a particularly large patch has taken over an area across the street from us, so dense no …

Red Dead Nettle control

Red Dead Nettle control

Overview Red dead-nettle is a relatively small annual weed found in gardens and crops in most parts of New Zealand. It can grow throughout the year though is found more commonly at cooler times of the year. It doesn t sting people despite having the word nettle within its name, which presumably comes from the leaves looking vaguely similar to nettle if looked at from a distance with poor eye-sight. Red dead-nettle tends to sprawl rather than grow upright. Distinguishing features …

Red Dead-nettle

Red Dead-nettle

Earlier we found a White Dead-nettle Lamium album in full flower in the middle of January (see post). Now it’s the turn of the closely related Red Dead-nettle L. purpureum . Slightly smaller than the White Dead-nettle this annual has smaller leaves and pinkish purple flowers. The leaves and stems can often take on a purplish-red colour. It can be used in exactly the same way, raw in salads or boiled or steamed. Add to other wild greens in soups or as fried wild greens. It is a …

Lamium Red deadnettle

Lamium Red deadnettle

Sometimes going by the name Henbit, but also going by the name Deadnettle, both Henbit Deadnettle - Lamium Amplexicaule and Purple Deadnettle - Lamium Purpureum grow all across the entire United States. Henbit ( L. Amplexicaule ) covers the entire U.S. and in our local area is far more common than the Purple Deadnettle (L. Purpureum) which is also called Archangel Red Dead-Nettle. Henbit is most certainly also called deadnettle because it is just one species of at least five (5) …