Red Dead Nettle plant

Leaves and Stem

The leaves are somewhat ‘soft’ to the touch – with many hairs present (see photo at bottom of page). They have a number of rounded teeth along the leaf margin. The leaves are not dissimilar in shape to those of the common or stinging nettle. The veins on the leaf are quite pronounced.

The leaves occur in pairs – opposite to each other. Each successive pair is set at right angles to the previous pair – see image below.

The bracts which surround / subtend the flowers are similar in shape to the leaves. The stem is hairy and square in cross section.

Flowers and Fruits

The flowers are formed from petals that have joined / fused together to form a two lipped, open mouthed structure (see adjacent image).
Underneath each flower is a ‘toothed’ structure formed from five fused sepals.

The flower of white dead nettles is white but may bear some greenish streaks.

The flowers of red dead nettles vary from pink through to purple.

Ecology and other notes

The dead nettles are members of the Lamiaceae or Labiatae. One feature of these plants is that they have ‘square’ stems, and their leaves are arranged in pairs opposite to each other. Various labiate plants produce aromatic oils (e.g mints). The flowers occur in the axils of leaf-like bracts. – they are virtually indistinguishable from leaves.

The dead nettles do not sting, both white dead nettles and red dead nettles are quite common flowers. White dead nettles (Lamium album) are somewhat larger, more ‘vigorous’ plants (20 – 60 cm high) than the red nettles (10 – 30 cm high). White nettles are perennials, whereas red dead nettles are annual plants. Red nettles(Lamium purpureum) are common on roadsides, waste land, arable lands etc.; and sometimes described as a ‘weed of cultivation’. White nettles are found in hedgebanks, roadsides and brown field sites.

"Onto better topics"

2007-04-30 09:27:02 by potpourri

Yeah, too many examples and pissy things go on that were bad enough at the time, so am not in the mood to rehash this Monday morning!
Yeah plants are always better the second time around. I'm surprised you didn't get more from the chamomile. It's an annual that self seeds like crazy. I only brought one with me to the new place from the apartment, because I know this time next year, there'll be a colony of cham seedlings around this one parent. I kept some of mostly everything in pots so they were easy to move. But some things I had to unearth and repot, and a few really didn't like it, like motherwort, because they were in full bloom when I did it

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