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Red Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum)


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The Red dead nettle is a plant with purple-pinkish flowers, which can vary in shape according to 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. Picture taken 2nd May at Maulden, Bedfordshire.

8th May 2006 by Diane Earl

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