Spotted Dead Nettle plants

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Spotted dead nettle is considered a culinary herb. Unlike nettles, it does not sting nor irritate the skin (hence the reason for the name dead) and it is generally more recognized as a groundcover in gardens than a wild edible. It comes up strong in the spring and somewhat hibernates during the summer heat, but often rejuvenates in the coolness of autumn. This plant is a perennial that is considered a semi-evergreen.

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Distinguishing Features: The pink petals of the flower are uniquely shaped as it has a ‘hood’ top and lipped bottom. Leaves are very distinguishable as they are green with a mottling of blue-silver. It’s low growing foliage forms clumps from which emerge square flower stems.

Flowers: Shell pink, pink flowers that bloom in May and sporadically throughout the summer, well into autumn. Prominent hooded upper petals and lipped lower petals are characteristics of the Mint family.

Leaves: Spotted dead nettle’s green leaves have a blue-silver mottling in the centre of each leaf. Leaves are opposite and ovate-shaped.

Height: This plant is groundcover and is often 20 cm or so above soil level.

Habitat: Although spotted dead nettle can be found in gardens, they also are in shaded/forested areas as they like rich soil.

Edible parts: Leaves and flowers can be used. They can be used to make an herbal tea. Add leaves and flowers into a salad, stews or soups. Chopped up finely, they can be added to mashed potatoes.

"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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