Red Dead Nettle - Lamium purpureum Red Dead Nettle - Lamium purpureum
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Herb: Red Dead Nettle


Latin name: Lamium purpureum


Family: Labiatae



Medicinal use of Red Dead Nettle:

The whole plant is astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, purgative and styptic. A decoction of the plant is particularly useful for checking any kind of haemorrhage, whilst the fresh bruised leaves can be applied to external cuts and wounds.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Flovering:
March to
October

Habitat of the herb:

Roadsides, waste places and as a common weed of cultivated land.

Edible parts of Red Dead Nettle:

Young leaves - raw or cooked as a potherb. 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.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - plants usually self sow freely and should not require human intervention. When required, the seed can be sown in situ as soon as it is ripe.

Cultivation of Red Dead Nettle:

Roadsides, waste places and as a common weed of cultivated land.

Known hazards of Lamium purpureum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.