Deadnettle

Variously known as purple or red deadnettle (Lamium purpureum). I don’t need to tell you that weeds can be beautiful.

It is prolific in the cool moist of early Spring. In mulched soil, it does not resist being uprooted, and leaves much of the soil intact. I let it linger on the margins of the beds, but, as I see it begin to produce seed, I may take it out if there’s time.

Some farmer friends of mine noted that its nectar produces an exceptional-tasting honey.

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  1. Thank you! I’ve been wondering what that is and haven’t gotten around to looking it up. We have whole fields of it here and it’s beautiful. I didn’t know that about the honey, either. Maybe that’s why some of the farmers don’t seem to mind it growing in the fields they’re leaving fallow for the season.

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