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SPECIES / FAMILY: Lamium Amplexicaule / Lamiaceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S): henbit deadnettle
COMMENT: Young leaves - raw or cooked. Added to salads, used as potherb, infuse in cold water, steep in hot water for tea.(1)
CAUTION: Excessive mint exposure may cause an arthritic condition.
NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: Very nutritious, high in iron, vitamins and fiber.(2) The plant is antirheumatic, diaphoretic, excitant, febrifuge, laxative and stimulant.(1)
LOOK-A-LIKES: Purple deadnettle and ground ivy/creeping charlie
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/2009/12/henbit.html (good photos)
- http://www.ediblewildfood.com/henbit.aspx (good photos)