Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Red Dead-nettle

This is an early flowerer: Lamium purpureum or Red Dead-nettle. The Dead-nettles are a big family with the Latin name Lamiaceae (also known as Labiatae). It includes the mints, thymes, woundworts, marjorums and sages.
The true nettles, Urticaceae, are a different family. Telling them apart can be useful. 
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