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Purple Dead Nettle


Scientific Name     

Lamium purpureum   L.

Family Name

Lamiaceae  (Mint family) 

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Characteristics: 

Habitat: 

throughout much of range

Plant Height: 

10-40 cm; decumbent at base or erect

Flower Color: 

lavender to violet

Flower: 

perfect; 5 petals; 5 united sepals; corolla bilabiate; stamens 4, adnate near middle of corolla tube

Inflorescence: 

dense clusters near apex of stems; cymules usually 3-flowered

Fruit: 

glabrous nutlets

Leaves: 

variable; stalked; reniform, roundish to ovate; opposite; upper leaves tinged with purple

Bloom Time: 

April-October

Origins: 

non-native

Other: 

also known as Red Henbit; this annual is native to Europe and Asia; roots at nodes to create runners making it very invasive; if undisturbed can form large colonies; 4-angles hollow stem typical of family