Latin name:  Lamium purpureum

Family: Lamiaceae, Mint family

Common name:  red dead nettle

Life cycle: winter annual or biennial
Habit:  Low growing (up to 12 inches in height);  spreads by rooting at internodes; mounding to spreading habit.
Foliage:  Foliage is heart-shaped, dentate, hairy, and with distinctly sunken veins.  Leaves are arranged oppositely around square stems.  Foliage has a slight blue color, compared to closely related L. amplexicaule.

Flower:  Flowers are tubular, and pink to purple in color.

Look alikes:  L. amplexicaule (Common dead nettle) or Veronica persica (Persian speedwell).


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