Purple dead nettle

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Purple dead nettle
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Lamium purpureum
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Lamiales
Family:Lamiaceae
Genus:Lamium
Species:L. purpureum

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Purple dead nettle (Lamium purpureum) is a herbaceous plant with bright purple flowers. Though it is a nettle, it does not sting, hence the name "dead".

The leaves are green at the bottom and shade to purplish at the top. They have wavy to serrated edges and are attached to the stem with a stalk. The plant can grow to 30 cm (12 in) in height.

In Oklahoma, it grows and blooms purple flowers before the last frosts in February and March. This allows bees to gather its nectar for food. It dies down quickly in spring when it warms up.

It is also found alongside Henbit, which is easily mistaken for it since they both have similar looking leaves and similar bright purple flowers.

If you take one of the flowers, pull it off the plant and eat the end of it, it is sweet.

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