Henbit Dead-nettle - Lamium amplexicaule


Low to short hairy plant which is hardly branched. Leaves rounded to oval, blunt toothed or lobed, the lower stalked, but the upper unstalked and half clasping the stem. Flowers pinkish purple 14 to 20 mm with a straight corolla tube.

Similar Species

Lamium purpureum or hybridum

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Sessile leaves under the flower heads


A weed of cultivated land, particularly arable land and of waste places.

When to see it

March to December.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent in Britain south of a line from the Humber to the Severn, less frequent elsewhere.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 46 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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