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Archangel /Nettle species (Galeobdolon spp.?)


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This plant is like a mauve version of Yellow Archangel or the nettles and is most likely a cultivated garden escapee. Yellow Archangel is a close relative of the red and white dead nettles but far less common. It was once thought to be a guardian against evil spirits and spells. The upper lip of the flower is helmet shaped, the lower lip usually has three equal sized lobes, this plant however has two. The leaves are hairy and irregularly toothed. This plant was in a ditch by a hedge, with yellow Archangel. The leaves are silver marked, similar to a variety that was commonly grown in gardens. It flowers mainly May - June. Picture taken near Maulden Bedfordshire, May 2nd 2006.

2nd May 2006 by Diane Earl

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