Red dead nettle edible

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Red Dead-nettle, Lamium purpureum, is a common plant of country tracks and hedgerows. It is often found on or near farmland and sometimes described as an arable weed. Similar to other dead-nettles it has toothed, heart-shaped leaves. Red Dead-nettle, however, bears much less resemblance to its namesake Stinging Nettle, Urtica diocia, than White Dead-nettle does.

The leaves of Red Dead-nettle often have a purple-grey tinge to them. The stem has a square cross-section and the plant grows to a height of around 20-25cm. The upper-most leaves can become a deep purple-red when the plant grows in areas where it is more exposed to strong sunlight. The plant flowers from March to October and the flowers are a pink-purple colour. The flowers and leaves of the Red Dead-nettle are concentrated towards the top of the stem. Noticing this concentrated grouping helps us differentiate between Red Dead-nettle and similar species of dead-nettles. The much less common Henbit Dead-nettle, Lamium amplexicaule, has leaf/flower clusters more spaced out along its stem. The leaves of Henbit Dead-nettle are also much more rounded and clasp the stem, seeming to form a green disc around the stem. Cut-leaved Dead-nettle, Lamium hybridum, has leaves that are generally a little narrower than Red Dead-nettle and they are more deeply toothed (hence the name ‘Cut-leaved’).

Red Dead-nettle is edible (as are the similar species mentioned above). You can use Red Dead-nettle as per White Dead-nettle, Lamium album and the leaves and flowering tops are great in salads. Unlike White Dead-nettle, there doesn’t seem to be the tendency for the leaves to become bitter with age. So you can use Red Dead-nettle as a salad ingredient as long as the leaves are available.


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In my experience absolutly correct

2009-11-02 00:09:47 by horticultureOC

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