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NAME: Purple Deadnettle
SPECIES / FAMILY: Lamium Purpureum / Lamiaceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S):
CONDITIONS: sun/shade, moist soil
COMMENT: A mint, young leaves - raw or cooked as a potherb or in salad, smoothies, drinks, etc. The plant is a short-lived annual, but seeds can germinate at almost any time of the year and so the leaves are often available all year round.(1)
CAUTION: Excessive mint exposure may cause an arthritic condition.
NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: Astringent; Diaphoretic; Diuretic; Purgative; Styptic.(1) Contains vitamins, iron, antioxidants (3) Used as a mouth wash and for its antibiotic effects.
LOOK-A-LIKES: Henbit, also a mint
OTHER USES: Any mint is an insect and rodent repellent, just put some in a blender with water, sieve out fiber, use mint water to damp mop and dust. Also use to rinse woolen clothes to keep moths away.
SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):
- http://www.foragingtexas.com/2012/07/dead-nettle.html (good photos)
- http://www.ediblewildfood.com/purple-deadnettle.aspx (good photos)