Lamium purpureum

Common Names: Purple dead-nettle, red dead-nettle, red henbit, purple archangel, velikdenche
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Mint family

Grows to 5 to 20 cm in height. The leaves have fine hairs, are green at the bottom and shade to purplish at the top; they are 2 to 4 cm long and broad, with a 1 to 2 cm petiole (leaf stalk), and wavy to serrated margins. The zygomorphic flowers are bright red-purple, with a top hood-like petal, two lower lip petal lobes and minute fang-like lobes between. The corolla shows a line of hairs near the base of the tube.

Found in waste areas, gardens, roadsides. Flowers may be produced throughout the year, including mild weather in winter.

Edible Notes: Young plants have edible tops and leaves, good in salads or in stirfry as a spring vegetable. If finely chopped it can also be used in sauces, but there is little to recommend about its flavor.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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