Yellow Archangel, Weasel Snoute
Height: 8-12" (20-30 cm) Flowering Time: Spring Flower Colour: Yellow ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder) Order: Lamiales (Nettle Order) Family: Lamiaceae (Nettle Family) Genus: Lamium (Dead Nettle) Species: galeobdolon ____________________________________
Lamium galeobdolon is one of the larger Deadnettles, reaching up to about a foot high. It is a coarse plant, with rough, dark green pointed leaves up the square stem, and whorls of fairly large pale orangey-yellow flowers on the top half, with brownish honey guidelines. It is often found with bluebells and Wood Anemones carpeting woods in spring. It has an unpleasant smell, and spreads by stolons as well as seed. There is a variegated form used as groundcover in gardens, which is rather invasive, but useful for dry or shady sites.
Lamium galeobdolon contains chemicals that affect the blood vessels and the kidneys, and has been used in traditional medicine to relax muscles and stop bleeding.
The leaves and top are edible, and can be used in salads or cooked as a green vegetable.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod There is no seed pod. The seeds are at the bottom of the calyx.
Seed The seeds are like caveman clubs, wider and rounded at the top. There are four seeds from
each flower on the flower spike.
Seedling The seedling has crinkled leaves.
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