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

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