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Red Deadnettle

Lamium purpureum


The red deadnettle (also called purple deadnettle, purple archangel, or velikdenche) is a flowering plant native to Europe and Asia. It grows to 5–20 cm in height. Here in North America, it is a common weed of cultivated areas and in some areas listed as an invasive species. Young plants have edible tops and leaves, used in salads or in stirfry as a spring vegetable. If finely chopped it can also be used in sauces. The flowers are bright red-purple, with a top hood-like petal, two lower lip petal lobes and minute fang-like lobes between. Bees gather its nectar for food when few other nectar sources are available.


I have spotted this red deadnettle both in my backyard and also in a field along a fence at our county park in Millersville, Maryland. I think of it as a pretty wildflower.

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Jopy 7 years ago
Red deadnettle
Lamium purpureum Lamium purpureum

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Jopy 7 years ago

This plant is very common in my area, it was my pleasure!

Thank you, Mary :) 7 years ago

Wow! Thanks Jopy for identifying this wildflower so quickly. Also, congratulations on your 1000th IDed spotting. Great job!

Jopy 7 years ago

Very pretty! This is my 1000th IDed spotting :)
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Maryland, USA

Spotted on Apr 24, 2014
Submitted on Apr 24, 2014

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