Lamium amplexicaule

Common Names: Henbit, henbit dead-nettle, common henbit, greater henbit
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Mint family

An annual herb with a sprawling habit and short erect squarish, lightly hairy stems. It grows to a height of about 10 to 30 cm. The leaves are in opposite pairs, often with long internodes. The lower leaves are stalked and the upper ones stalkless, often fused, and clasping the stems. The blades are hairy and kidney-shaped, with rounded teeth. The flowers are relatively large and form a few-flowered terminal spike with axillary whorls. The calyx is regular with five lobes and closes up after flowering. The corolla is purplish-red, fused into a tube 15 to 20 mm long. The upper lip is convex, 3 to 5 mm long and the lower lip has three lobes, two small side ones and a larger central one 1.5 to 2.5 mm long. There are four stamens, two long and two short. The gynoecium has two fused carpels and the fruit is a four-chambered schizocarp.

It is found growing in bare places, gardens, fields and waste places. Blooms in early spring.

Primary Flower Color: Pink
Secondary Flower Color: Blue/Purple
Edible Notes: The leaves, stem, and flowers of the plant are edible and have a slightly sweet and peppery flavor, similar to celery. Henbit can be eaten raw or cooked.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.