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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Henbit Deadnettle

 
Here's a little alien beauty. I got good pictures of it in Alabama, but it grows pretty much everywhere in the East.

henbit deadnettle

Yes, this is closely related to the deadnettle you plant in your gardens. This is Lamium amplexicaule. It's a dainty little thing. The plants are about 8 inches tall and each blossom is maybe a half inch long. It will carpet whole lawns or fields in spring.

henbit deadnettle

But look closely. It's gorgeous! And the leaves are supposedly edible. I'll have to try that when (and if) we ever get spring here.

henbit deadnettle

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6 comments:

jean pell said...

Since I live in Georgia, I thought I would recognize this plant but I don't. It is very pretty.

Duxbury Ramblers said...

It's one that we see, it thrives down in our southern counties, next time I see it I will try it for taste :)

Ann said...

it is pretty. It does look like the stuff that grows throughout my yard

Jean Knill said...

Sweet little plant. Not one I am familiar with.

vanilla said...

That is a beautiful, if tiny, flower. Wouldn't occur to me to eat it,though.

RNSANE said...

I love anything purple ( and
yellow ). It is really a lovely little flower.

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