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Red Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum)


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A plant with purple-pinkish flowers, which can vary in shape depending upon habitat and the amount of competition. In locations of denser foliage it grows taller, more upright and the flowers are paler. The plant was once boiled and eaten as a pot herb. It was also used to help cure tuberculosis and skin problems. It is very common on waste land and cultivated land. Pictured at Stagsden Bedfordshire, late January 2006.

28th Jan 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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