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Red Dead-nettle

One of our most common weeds of cultivation found on disturbed ground everywhere.


  • Red Deadnettle: the purple archangel

    Post date: Saturday, 8 August, 2015 - 00:00

    When I decided that my nature surveying and recording days were over and that I would buy a new camera and try my hand at some snaps of wildlife I had no idea that my eyes would be opened to a new world! For years, I would walk along with my recorder and mutter "Red Deadnettle" and walk on without a second glance. Now, as I try to get a respectable shot of just about anything, when I get home and plug the camera in to the computer I am often amazed at the beauty I had missed all those years.

    OK, Red Deadnettle (Lamium purpureum) is hardly a rarity! It is one of our most common weeds of cultivation and can be found in profusion on disturbed ground just about anywhere and everywhere; indeed, we will probably be pulling some out next time we can get in to the garden. However, looked at close up through the camera lens it becomes a different plant and a thing of rare beauty. Well, that's how it looks to me anyway, how about you?

    Although looking like a nettle it does not sting  which is why it is called a deadnettle. It is also known as purple archangel the young plants the tops and leaves can be used in salads. Wikipedia suggests it can also be use in stir-fried spring vegetables but does not give a recipe! 


Common Name Red Dead-nettle
Scientific Name Lamium purpureum
Species Group Deadnettle Family Lamiaceae
Interest Level
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Mint family - Labiatae
Status Common
Flower Colour Group Pink
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
Look for The deep pink flowers and purple leaves and stem
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Deadnettle Family Lamiaceae