Height: 2-6" (5-15 cm) Flowering Time: Spring, summer, autumn Flower Colour: Pink ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder) Order: Lamiales (Nettle Order) Family: Lamiaceae (Nettle Family) Genus: Lamium (Deadnettle) Species: purpurea (purple) ____________________________________
Lamium purpureum is a short member of the Deadnettle family, growing to only a few inches high. It forms bushy clumps, with square stems, often bare at the base, topped with a dense cluster of crinkled heart-shaped leaves, often tinged purple, and small deep pink hooded flowers. It is a common garden weed, as well as growing on roadsides, under hedges and in waste places.
There is a similar plant, Lamium amplexicaule (Henbit), but this has unstalked leaves in more pronounced whorls all the way up the stem.
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 tiny dark brown nuts. There are four seeds from each flower.
Seedling The seedling has heart-shaped leaves.
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