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Dead Nettles

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Dead nettles have no sting but probably evolved to look like stinging nettles as a defence against predators.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Dead Nettles, White Dead Nettle, Red or Purple Dead Nettle, Yellow archangel, Henbit Dead Nettle
Scientific Name Lamium sp
Season Start Jan
Season End Dec
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

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.

Flowers

Beautiful orchid like flowers growing in groups around the stem varying in colour from white to yellow to red/purple.

Flower Buds

All in a circle around the stem at the leaf nodes.

Stem

Tough, square stems. Very fibrous and covered in small non-stinging hairs. Green to red/purple.

Habitat

Woodland, hedgerows, the edge of commons, roadsides and paths.

Possible Confusion

The Stinging Nettle.

Taste

Slightly like spinach when cooked but has a flavour of its own.

Frequency

Common.

Collecting

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.

Medicinal Uses

Has been used as a herbal remedy for skin problems.

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