Red Dead-nettle - Lamium purpureum

    Description

    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.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Cultivated and waste land. A frequent weed of gardens.

    When to see it

    March to December.

    Life History

    Annual.

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map