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NAME: Purple Deadnettle

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Lamium Purpureum / Lamiaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun/shade, moist soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

mint

RAW/COOK

Spring

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

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mint

RAW/COOK

Spring

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: very small / herb

 

COMMENT: Purple deadnettle is a late winter and spring groundcover mint with 5 pink/purple flower stalks, similar to henbit and ground ivy, except the leaves and petals create a cascading effect. It likes sun and dies back in the summer. // Use young leaves raw or cooked as a herb or in salad, smoothies, drinks, etc.(1)

 

CAUTION: In this editor's experience, excessive mint exposure may cause an arthritic condition. Mints may have a laxative effect if used in large amounts.

  

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Astringent;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Purgative;  Styptic.(1) Contains vitamins, iron, antioxidants (4) May be used as a mouth wash and for its antibiotic effects.

 

LOOK-A-LIKES: http://www.wildfoodies.org/Henbit.htm / http://www.wildfoodies.org/GroundIvy.htm

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:  Use mint water to damp mop and damp dust without drying out wooden furniture. Leaves behind a minty aroma. Just put some in a blender with water, sieve out fiber, and use. Any mint is also an insect and rodent repellent.  Also use to rinse woolen clothes to keep moths away.

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Lamium+purpureum
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamium_purpureum
  3. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2012/07/dead-nettle.html (good photos)
  4. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/purple-deadnettle.aspx (good photos)
  5. https://www.ruralsprout.com/purple-dead-nettle
  6. https://eattheplanet.org/dead-nettle-an-overlooked-yet-valuable-wild-edible
  7. https://www.outdoorapothecary.com/purple-dead-nettle
  8. https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/things-to-make-with-purple-dead-nettle
  9. https://melissaknorris.com/purple-dead-nettle-foraging-medicinal-and-cooking-guide
  10. https://www.growforagecookferment.com/foraging-purple-dead-nettle (good photos)
  11. http://foragedfoodie.blogspot.com/2017/02/identify-deadnettle-and-henbit.html (includes photos on henbit)
  12. https://pioneeringthesimplelife.org/2017/05/26/purple-deadnettle-purple-smoothie (recipe)