Dead nettles have no sting but probably evolved to look like stinging nettles as a defence against predators.
|Common Names||Dead Nettles, White Dead Nettle, Red or Purple Dead Nettle, Yellow archangel, Henbit Dead Nettle|
|Scientific Name||Lamium sp|
Green, nettle like arrow shaped leaves with very serrated edges, the underneath covered in small non-stinging hairs with some on top. Growing in pairs on opposite sides of the stalk.
Beautiful orchid like flowers growing in groups around the stem varying in colour from white to yellow to red/purple.
Tough, square stems. Very fibrous and covered in small non-stinging hairs. Green to red/purple.
Slightly like spinach when cooked but has a flavour of its own.
Only young leaves or bright green tops of larger plants are usable for cooking unless flaming over a fire when more of the plant can be used.
The flowers can hold a drop of nectar and make a pleasant tasting and looking addition to a salad.
Has been used as a herbal remedy for skin problems.