Purple Dead Nettle

Purple Dead Nettle is an invasive plant (weed) that's scrawled across fields here making for a beautiful scene as far as your eye can see. I spotted this one at the nature preserve last week. It's a herbaceous flowering plant whose flowers and leaves are edible. Purple dead nettle also attracts bees who take the nectar from its flowers for food. It can easily be mistaken for Henbit whose flowers and leaves are similar to those of the purple dead nettle.

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12 comments:

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful plant even if it is evasive ~ Elegant shot ~ xoxo~ artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful dead nettle, it looks so gentle. Superb photo too.

Christine said...

it's beautiful what can I say?

Carver said...

I think it's very beautiful. So many invasive plants have their own beauty but they can take over the world.

eileeninmd said...

Very pretty flower or week as you call it. It is a good plant if the bees like it! Have a happy week!

Donna said...

A good reminder of why we have to be careful of invasive plants even if they are beautiful.

TexWisGirl said...

it is pretty. we get some nettles and we get tons of henbit. i'll have to look for this type.

bettyl-NZ said...

What gorgeously tiny little blossoms! Thanks for the info, too.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

I wondered whtthis pesty plant was called. Thanks for the info. Dianne

jeannettestgermain said...

Beautiful "weed"! and I love your blog background!

Shey Wicklund said...

Gorgeous colors for an invasive plant. Great shot. :)

Rambling Woods said...

I am sorry that it is invasive as they are such a problem even if they are pretty.... Lovely photo Michelle.... Michelle