Red Dead-nettle - Lamium purpureum


    Low to short, often purplish, hairy and aromatic plant. Square stemmed. Leaves oval, blunt toothed, stalked, the lower bracts longer than wide. Flowers pinkish purple 10 to 18 mm long with a straight corolla tube.

    Similar Species

    Cut-leaved dead-nettle (Lamium hybridum)

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Leaves under flower head serrate or crenate, but never deeply cut


    Cultivated and waste land. A frequent weed of gardens.

    When to see it

    March to December.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 493 of the 617 tetrads.

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