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Lamium purpureum - L.
                 
Common Name Red Dead Nettle, Purple deadnettle
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Roadsides, waste places and as a common weed of cultivated land[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Norway south and east to the Mediterranean and Israel.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Lamium purpureum Red Dead Nettle, Purple deadnettle


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Lamium purpureum Red Dead Nettle, Purple deadnettle
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Physical Characteristics
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Lamium purpureum is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Mar to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, self.The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked as a potherb[2, 4, 5, 8, 54, 62, 183]. The plant is a short-lived annual, but seeds can germinate at almost any time of the year and so the leaves are often available all year round.
Medicinal Uses


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Astringent;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Purgative;  Styptic.

The whole plant is astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, purgative and styptic[4, 46]. A decoction of the plant is particularly useful for checking any kind of haemorrhage, whilst the fresh bruised leaves can be applied to external cuts and wounds[4].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
An easily satisfied plant, it tolerates most soils and conditions. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Dislikes shade. A common garden weed, usually flowering at almost any time of the year and the seed is capable of germinating even in the winter if the weather is mild[17]. In rich soils the plant can grow quite lushly, in poor soils it will only grow a few centimetres tall before flowering and spreading its seed. The plant is easily controlled, however, and never really becomes a pest[K]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. A good bee plant[4, 24]. Grows well with potatoes[14].
Propagation
Seed - plants usually self sow freely and should not require human intervention. When required, the seed can be sown in situ as soon as it is ripe.
Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Lamium albumWhite Dead Nettle23
Lamium amplexicauleHenbit, Henbit deadnettle21
Lamium galeobdolonYellow Archangel21
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